LIVERPOOL, England – Makwan Amirkhani will have been out of action for a career-long 435 days by the time he steps back in the octagon at UFC Fight Night 130. He said he’s used his time between fights wisely. Simply put, Amirkhani (13-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was not happy with his performance in his most recent fight. He said wide holes were exposed in his game – particularly in the striking department – but more than a year later, said he’s ready to return against Jason Knight (20-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 130. Amirkhani said a lack of overall preparedness to fight on his feet came out in a split decision loss to Arnold Allen at UFC Fight Night 107 in March 2017. He said he’s spent much of the past 14 months developing his stand-up, and even did a four-month training camp at SBG Ireland in Dublin.
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