Khama Worthy
The Deathstar

USA

Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/29/2020
Facing medical suspension
LightweightUFC
Out
June 29, 2020
The Nevada Athletic Commission announced Monday that Worthy was suspended 180 days after sustaining right ankle and left knee injuries in his win over Luis Pena at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The suspension will keep Worthy from re-entering the Octagon until late December, though he could be cleared for competition before then with full clearance of both injuries from an orthopedic doctor. With the win over Pena, Worthy has now emerged victorious in both of his first two fights under the UFC banner and owns a 16-6-0 record overall during his eight-year MMA career.
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Second straight upset victory
LightweightUFC
Out
June 27, 2020
Worthy defeated Luis Pena via submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:53 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Worthy's second UFC victory in as many tries and this one may be most impressive than his first. That's saying something since Worthy was coming off a first-round knockout of Devonte Smith in his company debut last August. Known for his power, Worthy took Round 1 on the strength of his striking. Unfortunately, he gave all of it back and then some in Round 2. Worthy seemingly had no answer for the grappling game of Pena. In Round 3, Pena made a mistake that cost him the fight. He left his neck exposed while going to a single-leg takedown and Worthy -- who entered with two submission victories in his eight-year MMA career -- choked him out with a guillotine. It was impressive. Worthy's long-term potential is limited by the fact he will be turning 34 years of age this coming October, but he's on a roll at the moment. The Pittsburgh native has won seven in a row.
Second UFC fight scheduled for Vegas
LightweightUFC
Out
June 9, 2020
Worthy will take on Luis Pena in a lightweight matchup on June 27 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Worthy was scheduled for a matchup against Michael Johnson at UFC 249 on April 18, but that event was ultimately scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Johnson went on to compete against Thiago Moises a month later in Jacksonville, leaving Worthy without an opponent. Worthy was impressive in his UFC debut against Devonte Smith in August, as he finished him in the first round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus. He'll look to put that power on display against a longer fighter in Luis Pena, who has emerged with a win in three of his last four bouts. Worthy has a ton of power and potential, but the matchup against Pena will be a good gauge of where his all-around game stands at the age of 33.
Will fight at UFC 249
LightweightUFC
Out
April 6, 2020
Worthy will take on Michael Johnson in a lightweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
Worthy was originally scheduled to fight Ottman Azaitar when the event was set to take place in Brooklyn, but with all the event and travel shakeups due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new opponent ultimately needed to be found. That came in the form of Michael Johnson, who was originally supposed to compete at UFC Lincoln on April 25. In his UFC debut against Devonte Smith last August, Worthy put on an outstanding effort with a first-round stoppage that led to a Performance of the Night bonus. That's the opposite of Johnson in terms of momentum, as Johnson has lost back-to-back fights and five of his last seven overall.
Draws Ottman Azaitar in Brooklyn
LightweightUFC
Out
January 27, 2020
Worthy is scheduled to take on Ottman Azaitar in a lightweight clash April 18 at UFC 249 in Brooklyn, Ryan Gerbosi of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
Worthy will make his second appearance in the Octagon after claiming a short-notice victory over Devonte Smith at UFC 241 back in August. The 33-year-old will have more time to prep this time around as he takes on Azaitar, an up-and-coming talent in the lightweight division who has won six of his last seven fights by either knockout or technical knockout.
Stuns Devonte Smith at UFC 241
LightweightUFC
Out
August 17, 2019
Worthy defeated Devonte Smith via TKO (punches) at 4:15 of Round 1 at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Now that's how you make an impact! Making his UFC debut on four days' notice and fighting his former friend and training partner, Worthy destroyed Smith with one big combination and referee Jason Herzog was quickly forced to intervene. The odds are astronomically high that this will go down as the highlight of Worthy's UFC career, but he deserves his moment in the sun, and the 32-year-old will also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. "The Death Star" has officially arrived.