When the UFC called K.J. Noons to let him know he’d be fighting Donald Cerrone in his promotional debut at UFC 160, the Strikeforce veteran immediately liked the matchup.

“I thought right away it’s a great matchup, great fireworks,” Noons told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I’ve got a lot of respect for the guy as a fighter … . He’s very well versed. He’s a very well-rounded fighter. He likes to stand and bang, and he can mix it up anywhere.”

The lightweight bout will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Noons enters the fight having lost four of his last five, but his last defeat in particular was controversial. Many observers believe he defeated Ryan Couture, though the judges gave Couture a split decision.

“I’m not making excuses for my losses, but the last five fights, the first loss was to Nick Diaz, which was a very close fight in a weight division which I don’t even fight in,” Noons said. “I did that for the organization because they asked me to. … I did lose to [Jorge] Masvidal, so we can say that’s a loss. Came back and won a fight after that, and then I fought Josh [Thomson] and he just laid on me like a human blanket. I kind of look at that like he was pretty scared to fight. I guess it wasn’t even really a fight, and then last fight, the judges gave it to [Couture]. Like I said, I’m not trying to make a lot of excuses, but it’s just kind of where the cards fell.”

In Noons’ view, the UFC brought him over from Strikeforce because he’s an entertaining fighter who deserved the nod against Couture.

“Stylistically, I believe I still have a lot of fights left,” Noons said. “I’m an exciting fighter. I think that has a lot to play in what the UFC decides. … I’m pretty confident that my style of fighting is pretty exciting and people like to watch it. That’s what the UFC likes. They like exciting fights and what people want to see.”

Cerrone is also known as an exciting fighter. On paper at least, the matchup looks to be a barnburner assuming both fighters are willing to trade on the feet. Noons isn’t so sure Cerrone will look to stand, though.

“There’s only been one person that’s stood and banged with me,” he said. “It was Nick Diaz. I don’t know if that’s the smartest thing … . I train for every aspect of the game because it’s MMA. It might look like it’s going to be a standup war, but people want to put it wherever it’s going to be the most to their advantage. I feel like the biggest advantage for me is standing. He’s probably going to be wanting to take it anywhere, make my hands tired, make legs tired. I’m ready for wherever the fight goes. I think it’s going to be exciting anywhere.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 2:25:39).

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

One More Fighter, This Time a Champion, Is Fined for Dress Code Violation

  • 25 days ago
  • 36 views

First it was Donald Cerrone. Then it was Nate Diaz. And now we have the third offender, and he is the champion of the 155-pound division. Rafael dos Anjos was the third fighter fined at UFC on Fox 17 read news >>

With Donald Cerrone situation, a good case for altering UFC's outfitting policy

  • 24 days ago
  • 75 views

Donald Cerrone said he lost a “ludicrous” amount of money for violating the UFC’s outfitting policy, and challenged Reebok to give it to charity. It’s a noble request, but it’s directed at the wrong read news >>

Video: UFC Fight Night 81’s Rob Font feels he practically cheated in UFC debut

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

BOSTON – UFC bantamweight Rob Font isn’t making a big deal about his knockout win over George Roop, so you shouldn’t either. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dominick Cruz not worrying about next fight after UFC Fight Night 81 title win

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 views

BOSTON – Dominick Cruz isn’t prepared to discuss his first title defense after he captured the UFC bantamweight championship from T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81.Filed under: Featured Videos, Ne read news >>

Don't make a mistake against Anthony Johnson – but then, we knew that already

  • 6 days ago
  • 10 views

There isn’t much you can learn in 86 seconds worth of fighting, except, perhaps, the stuff you should have known already. What Johnson’s win over Bader leaves us wondering is when we’ll get a chance read news >>

Video: Cameraman takes a spill, but Alex Caceres keeps strolling on way to octagon

  • 6 days ago
  • 17 views

It’s a good thing Alex Careceres isn’t easily rattled, as we learned at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

After draw, Levan Makashvili wants Damon Jackson again: 'I'd gladly knock him out'

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

NEWARK, N.J. – Levan Makashvili isn’t interested in arguing whether or not referee Gasper c was in the wrong for docking him a point at UFC on FOX 18. Makashvili believes it’s the judges that screwed read news >>

UFC Headliner Donald Cerrone Rolls Truck, Walks Away

  • 4 days ago
  • 52 views

UFC Fight Night 83 headliner Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone rolled a truck on Tuesday, but managed to walk away from the wreck. read news >>

Tim Means Pulled from UFC Fight Night 83 over Potential USADA Violation

  • 2 days ago
  • 4 views

Tim Means was scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, but the UFC needs to find a replacement because of a possible Anti-Doping Policy violation. According to UFC.com on Wednesday, “ read news >>

Alex Oliveira Steps in to Face Donald Cerrone in UFC Fight Night 83 Main Event

  • 2 days ago
  • 25 views

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone gets a new opponent for the UFC Fight Night 83 main event. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira has stepped up on short notice to face Cerrone on Feb. 21. read news >>