Jorge Masvidal Ready for the Next Challenger, Could It Be K.J. Noons?


Jorge Masvidal wanted to make a statement when he signed with Strikeforce and entered their lightweight division. He took a big step forward by beating previously undefeated contender Billy Evangelista last Saturday night.

Masvidal now throws his name in the hat among a short list of potential contenders to get a shot at the winner of the upcoming fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri.

“I know Billy had like 6 or 7 straight wins in Strikeforce, so he’s definitely got to be up there. If I can’t fight for the title, then the next toughest guy out there, I’d like to fight them,” Masvidal said about his place in the lightweight division.

One name that has circulated as a possible next opponent for Masvidal is former Elite XC lightweight champion K.J. Noons. While Strikeforce has yet to confirm his placement on the card, Noons has stated he expects to fight on April 9 in San Diego.

Masvidal is healthy and ready to go following his fight against Evangelista, and if Strikeforce makes the call, he’ll be happy to fight Noons in April.

“I feel good, I’ll fight K.J. right now,” Masvidal stated.

Strikeforce officials told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that Noons could end up on the card in April, especially because of his fan following in San Diego, the primary area he trains out of. As far as Masvidal’s participation, nothing is ruled out at this point.

Masvidal is pretty much ready to fight whoever Strikeforce puts in front of him.

“I don’t got an idea, but hopefully I’ll find out soon enough,” Masvidal commented.

For now he’ll wait for the call from Strikeforce, and if he’s not already competing on the April 9 card, Masvidal will surely be watching with a new level of interest as he guns for the top lightweights in the promotion.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Jorge Masvidal talks about his win over James Krause at UFC 178 and calls for a step up in competition. read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 6 views

LAS VEGAS -- Jorge Masvidal talks about going after the finish at UFC 178, getting hit by the jab of James Krause, wanting to fight a top 5 opponent at UFC 181, training at ATT, and more. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

From the time UFC 178 was starting to take shape, lightweight firestarter Donald Cerrone has been linked to the September 27 fight card in Las Vegas, but there has been a revolving door of opponents read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Jorge Masvidal, Burt Watson, John Morgan and Joey Oddessa.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

Brian Ebersole, Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal picked up big wins on the undercard of UFC 178. John Howard and Brian Ebersole met in a welterweight bout to kick off the UFC 178 prelims on Fox Sp read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS – Jorge Masvidal pushed past a stiff jab from James Krause and kept the pressure on to earn a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 8 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Gilbert Melendez, Jorge Masvidal, Chad Laprise and Jesse Taylor.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 6 views

If Donald Cerrone is looking for a partner, Jorge Masvidal apparently has some room on his dance card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Two top 10 flyweights are set to face off at UFC on Fox 13 The UFC's next big Fox card is filling up fast. The promotion announced, today that top flyweights Jussier da Silva and John Moraga are set read news >>