Strikeforce’s struggles have also been K.J. Noons’
The promotion hosts its final event Saturday, and after his bout
Couture, Noons will be ready to move on.
“I’m just excited if anything and also excited to hopefully move to
the UFC and just really get more fights,” Noons told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I fought [last] in March.
Strikeforce, this year, really didn’t keep me consistent, and
that’s probably not their fault due to shows cancelled and the
demise or the kind of fizzling out, but that really sucks for
someone like me who makes his living off fighting.”
Noons fought four times in 2010, including three times for
Strikeforce. In 2011, though, he competed twice and then last year
“It’s more surviving,” Noons answered when asked if fighting once a
year was enough to make a living. “It puts you in a really sad
situation, especially if you have a family. It’s no fun. I know the
guys over at the UFC, they definitely get their three fights in a
year. That’s never a problem with all the shows they have.
Hopefully I get to move over to that side and get more fights.”
Noons’ bout Saturday could give him the opportunity to impress the
UFC brass. He’s one of the best strikers in the lightweight
division, but he’s also lost three of his last four. Against
Couture, he needs a win.
“I’ve watched some tape on him,” Noons said. “I think he’s a good
fighter, a good wrestler, good all around, real lengthy, good
up-and-comer, just a really good fighter. It’s going to be a great
fight. He has good strategies coming into the fight, and I think
he’s a game opponent.”
Couture is the 30-year-old son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy
Couture. He enters the fight with a 5-1 record, which means
he’ll be giving up a fair amount of experience to Noons, who will
also be the superior striker. The fight could come down to Noons’
ability to stay on his feet and let his hands go -- the same
situation he’d likely find himself in in the UFC.
“I have to be a better all-around fighter to compete at the top
level,” Noons said. “I just have to prepare for that kind of stuff.
If I can do that, I don’t see myself having a problem moving on
with my career, staying in the game and also still being one of the
most exciting fighters to watch.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:29:29).