Boxing star Ava Knight not giving up on MMA after Bellator 238 loss, plans to get in more ‘mat time’ and promises she’s ‘here for the long haul’

Multiple-time boxing champ Ava Knight suffered the first loss of her young MMA career at Saturday night’s Bellator 238 event, losing to Emilee King by way of a first-round submission.

Boxing superstar Ava Knight was submitted by Emilee King at Bellator 238.

Knight is now 1-1 in professional MMA, following a successful professional debut at Bellator 228 in September 2019 when she picked up the third-round knockout win over Shannon Goughary.

The 31-year-old, a multiple-time boxing world champion, released a lengthy statement following the fight. She isn’t letting this setback take her focus away from MMA, in fact she promises she is here for the ‘long haul’ and plans to get in more ‘mat time’ and really work on her craft.

The hates going to pour in. I have Not one excuse, I came to fight! I will NEVER quit. I didn’t get my ass beat… but I lost. I will get back to the gym and just keep working. Hours of mat time. I will practice. I will learn. It’s a fight game, I’m a fighter and I’m here for the long haul. Thank you to all those who support me and show me all the love. I’m stronger now than ever and watch me grow. P.S. A girl who will always chase her dream.” Knight said.

Fight fans, are you excited to see Knight’s return to the cage? Who would you like to see her fight? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. Good, she should get her MMA coaches to teach her to offensive with the clinches and with seeking take downs and setting up take downs and seeking reversals and seeking submissions in order to make her opponents think twice about taking her down and thinking it’s going to be easy on the ground just because she is a boxer coming into MMA. Good luck to her.

  2. I grew up with ava we fought in 2007on the same USA boxing team in Colorado she is a fighter and she will come back from this loss

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