Knox owns a humble record of three wins but the northeast fighter has a wealth of experience and has surrounded himself with some of the best coaches in the business. He has worked diligently with Peter Irvin who has improved his game, notably earning his BJJ brown belt.
Knox said: “I’m always motivated for every fight and I don’t think as a professional fighter or just as a man in general you could ever be anything but motivated for a fight.
Though, being able to bring a big support with me and fighting so close to home has added an extra perspective to it and I plan to give it everything I’ve got.”
The Northeast fighter’s slick ground game has earned him three submission wins in his last three fights and with Truesdale coming off a rear-naked choke loss to Kevin Thompson at M4TC 6 Knox will surely want to take this to the mat.
Truesdale comes from the infamous Dinky Ninjas fight team which hosts a buffet of top MMA talent and champions but Knox is confident in his skills and coaches and is looking to finish this fight and take home the strap.
He said: “I’m always training at a high level so before a fight I just concentrate on getting in shape rather than learning new techniques.
I’ve been coached by Pete Irving for the last decade so I’m confident in my ability to dominate and finish fights. The last 6 or seven weeks I just try and get my conditioning right stay injury free and manage my weight.”
Knox believes that Truesdale has a complete MMA skill-set and is not looking past the Scottish fighter, but he has big plans for his fighting career.
The 27-year-old said: “After I win this title I want to climb through the UK rankings and continue to test myself against the best guys in the country.
Hopefully I can be busy over the next year and get some good notches on my record. Obviously though this doesn’t mean I’m overlooking what is in front of me, which is going to be a hell of a fight I’m sure.”
Every fight-fan in the country will want to be cage-side for this encounter; two of the toughest light-heavyweights in the UK will clash for the gold. M4TC is getting bigger and better with every show that passes and fight-fans will be treated once again.
Knox added “It’s a big honour to have the chance to fight for the Made4TheCage European belt and an added bonus to be headlining in my first appearance in the North East on such a big show. I’m going to enjoy getting to perform in front of my home crowd and give them what they want. A good fight”