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UFC 166 results: Velasquez stops Cigano in 5 rounds

Written on October 20, 2013 by Hector

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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166

Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.

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KJ Noons: Aiming for the Title Shot After Finishing Jorge Masvidal

Written on June 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Regardless on who's match Scott Coker would announce, MMA fans are expecting that the KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal bout will be a no. 1 contender's fight.

While Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker, also mentioned that the Gesias Cavalcante vs Justin Wilcox match is a potential no. 1 contender’s bout, most are pointing at KJ Noons vs Jorge Masvidal for that regard. KJ Noons, a former boxer and kickboxer with 14 knockouts on his resume, is gearing up for the incoming challenge. However, he is not looking past Jorge Masvidal.

Will KJ Noons be able to get the job done on Saturday and earn a shot at Gilbert Melendez?

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Gina Carano, Forced out of June 18 Strikeforce Card

Written on June 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being unable to get a medical clearance, Gina Carano was forced out from Strikeforce's June 18 card.

Last Tuesday, Strikeforce CEO – Scott Coker – stated in a media conference call that Gina Carano could not get a medical certificate from her doctors in time for the June 18 tournament.

That said, the Gina Carano vs Sarah D’Alelio match will be pulled out from the card and will be replaced with a lightweight duel between KJ Noons and Jorge Masvidal. However, the fighter is keeping her fingers crossed to get clearance and comeback in the cage soon.

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KJ Noons Affirms Bout Against Jorge Masvidal

Written on May 19, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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KJ Noons is so excited to make a Strikeforce comeback, and he's announcing that he will face Jorge Masvidal on the Overeem vs. Werdum event.

Lightweight MMA fighter, KJ Noons, confirmed recently that he will face Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce on June 18 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The former was defeated on a welterweight bout in October by Nick Diaz, followed by a six-fight win streak. This winning streak has improved the former EliteXC lightweight champion’s record to 9-2.

Meanwhile, the American Top Team Veteran – Jorge Masvidal – has won his first fight in Strikeforce over Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision. Masvidal is a former BodogFight, Shark Fights and Bellator talent.

This bout between the two promising mixed martial artist is considered an interesting match including the main event. Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum. Will KJ Noons’ return to Strikeforce be triumphant? Post your insights below.

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KJ Noons, Considering April 9 Strikeforce Return

Written on March 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After being in a hiatus for a couple of months, KJ Noons is back at Strikeforce! Will the lightweight division serves him well?

After being sidelined since his October rematch against Nick Diaz, KJ Noons plans to return to Strikeforce on April 9. He will reportedly fight on the promotion’s April 9 lightweight card against a competitor that is yet to be announced. The 28-year-old KJ Noons suffered a broken jaw and left hand last October during his rematch against Strikeforce’s welterweight champion, Nick Diaz.

The April 9 slot was originally meant to host the last two quarterfinals of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. However, the bout was moved to June 8 in Dallas. A lightweight title match between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri will likely fill one of the top slots of the show. Nick Diaz is also penciled to defend his welterweight title from Paul Daley. Gegard Mousasi is also rumored to brawl contra Roger Gracie.

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KJ Noons: “It was a Good Fight” (Video)

Written on October 12, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Every fighter has ups and downs. The Diaz-Noon rematch is not an exception. So Noon, a good sport, said it was a good fight. Though on the early rounds he broke his hand and jaw. Jump to the video and see what he says.

KJ Noons speaks on last Saturday’s rematch fight with Nick Diaz. Suffering from a loss, the fighter even made the press laugh with his antics about the fight itself.

KJ Noons broke his hand and jaw during the fight. He also had cuts on his head that were observed and treated after. He has undergone x-ray as well.

See the video after the skip.

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What’s In-store for Nick Diaz?

Written on October 11, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Nick Diaz won via unanimous decision over KJ Noons last Saturday. He secured his belt and earned the Welterweight Champion title. It was likely a good rematch to both opponents. But what's the next move after this?

Last Saturday, judges announced the victory of Nick Diaz over K.J. Noons on their welterweight fight. This was a rematch and surely Diaz got the round of applause. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker thought that this time maybe different. But Diaz proved to be a welterweight champion.

“Personally, I thought it was going to go up and down maybe a little more than it did, but it just turned out to be a straight stand-up fight and I think Nick proved he can box with the best of them,” Coker said after the fight.

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Nick Diaz Retains Welterweight Title

Written on October 11, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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“I can beat this guy in a boxing match. I’ll also tap him out on the ground. This is mixed martial arts. I can do it all.” - Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz finally got his revenge after earning a unanimous decision win over KJ Noons. Diaz won his eighth consecutive match and retains his welterweight title at STRIKEFORCE: Diaz vs Noons 2 main event.

It is note worth taking, though, that the Cesar Gracie product changed his strategy by coming out orthodox. Diaz also used his reach to keep his opponent at bay. Early in the first round, Diaz rattled Noons with a perfectly timed straight right hand.

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Noons Welcomes Pacquiao in Cage and in Ring

Written on September 09, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After the No-Way-in-Hell Alert that Manny Pacquiao plans to try mixed martial arts, it seems like someone is willing to give the Boxing King a shot. But it still a thing of the future. Who knows?

Karl James “KJ” Noons already muster a 10-2 record in his mixed martial arts career, and may be the only fighter who anchors an akin boxing trail of 11-2 and 5 KOs. Sporting an outstanding transcript, Noons is eager to welcome the Pound-for-pound King of Boxing — Manny Pacquiao — in the MMA. But after that’s all been said and done in the cage, Noons is willing to step inside the ring with him too. If this bout will ever come into fruition, only time will tell. Still, KJ Noons deserves a round of applause as he shows his guts in facing anyone, both inside the cage and the ring.

Is it time for fans to realize that boxing and MMA can co-exist?

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