K.J. Noons Respects Donald Cerrone, But Isn’t Sure He’ll Stay Standing at UFC 160



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

  • 28 days ago
  • 501 views

UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone believes his teammate Alistair Overeem is being unjustly attacked for his sparring style in the gym. Following the recent string of controversies that shed an unfavoura read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Bobby Green sounds off on (among several people) fellow UFC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone, who he was scheduled to fight at UFC 178 before the promotion signed Eddie Alvarez. We've not heard m read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 150 views

"King" calls Cerrone "the most obnoxious asshole he's ever met," before firing off some pretty serious accusations. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Bobby Green may no longe read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 20 views

The UFC Lightweight was not impressed with his almost opponent's comments on the MMA Hour alleging racism and groping of fans. Donald Cerrone jilted Bobby Green, at one time his scheduled UFC 178 opp read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 18 views

UFC lightweight Bobby Green may have lost his UFC 178 booking with Donald Cerrone, but he made sure he'll get his shot at 'Cowboy' sooner than later. Alleging to bear witness to Cerrone taking part i read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

Remember that kid you heard about sometimes when you were out on the playground? He went to another school and was 10 times tougher than the toughest guy at your school; if he ever showed up for some read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 8 views

In this Tommy Toe Hold episode exclusive for SBNation, Not Donald Cerrone gives the rundown on Eddie Alvarez, his title hopes, and whether we're living in a simulation. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 37 views

"King" Bobby Green isn't going to get the match he eagerly anticipated against Donald Cerrone, at least not now. But that's not stopping the outspoken Riverside, Calif. native from speaking his mind read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

Bobby Green may be a new name to a lot of UFC fans, but he's already picking up the nuances of being a major player in a competitive division. Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Green blasted read news >>