The women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate
Rousey has garnered nearly all of the media attention in the
weeks leading up to Saturday’s Strikeforce
Once fight night is over, however, K.J. Noons
wouldn’t be surprised if the water-cooler talk centers around his
co-main event tussle with former Strikeforce lightweight champion
“I don’t really have to say too much. My fight is always ‘Fight of
the Night,’ and K.J. Noons is definitely stealing the show. Look at
my track record,” Noons said during a recent media conference call.
“I’m really excited to be fighting somebody like Josh Thomson; it’s
gonna be a barnburner. I’m training as hard as I’ve ever trained,
so I’m ready.”
The former EliteXC lightweight king was victorious in his last
outing, beating Billy
Evangelista via unanimous decision at Strikeforce “Melendez vs.
Masvidal” in December. Prior to that, the Hawaii native had lost
two straight, falling to Jorge
Masvidal in June and Nick Diaz in
A win over Masvidal likely would have earned Noons a title shot
against Strikeforce 155-pound titlist Gilbert
Melendez, but instead it was “Gamebred” who received that
opportunity. A barren Strikeforce roster allows for a quick
turnaround, however, and now the winner of Noons-Thomson is being
touted as the next challenger for the lightweight strap. Noons
isn’t making any future reservations these days.
“I kind of put my foot in my mouth when I said I wanted a title
shot and lost [to Masvidal],” he said. “I’m kind of superstitious,
so I just want to concentrate on the fight ahead of me.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was noncommittal regarding the No. 1
contender status of the winner of Saturday’s fight, which takes
place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
“Both of these guys are definitely at the top of the division.
We’ll make a decision based on performances,” Coker said.
Regardless of what the future holds, the man known as “King” is
looking forward to putting on a show. According to Noons, it’s a
foregone conclusion that his fight will entertain the masses.
“It’s something that’s in your blood,” he said. “I’ve had almost 45
pro fights in boxing, kickboxing and MMA, and every single fight
I’ve had has always been ‘Fight of the Night.’ I have a true
passion for fighting and it’s going to be exciting.”