The last six fights of lightweight K.J. Noons’ career have come under the Strikeforce banner. Unfortunately, he’s also been under contract with the company for three years, leaving Noons with mixed emotions as the promotion prepares to fold after this weekend’s event.
Though Noons is grateful to have a bout on the card (against Ryan Couture), his desire to move forward to the next phase of his career was obvious in a recent interview with MMAJunkie where Noons’ expressed clear frustration about his relative inactivity.
“I like Strikeforce, but it’s kind of bittersweet because it’s like I’ve only fought once in the past year, and this is how I make my living. That’s not a living. That’s surviving,” explained Noons. “When your employer can’t even really get you a fight, it’s real tough. It’s kind of bitter, you know?”
The 11-5 Noons, who is 3-3 in Strikeforce despite having one of the division’s most exciting styles, knows he’s not guaranteed a spot on the UFC’s roster but hopes a win over Couture will earn him both a chance to shine on the sport’s biggest stage as well as a little more money in his pocket. And, if not, it appears Noons could be ready to call it a MMA career and try his hand at something else such as boxing.
“If anything, I’m ready to move on and get more fights. If that’s not what’s next – if the UFC doesn’t want me to fight in the UFC – then I need to make the next move for my life. I hate being on hold,” admitted Noons. “That’s what really sucks, you know what I mean? If you’re going to say, ‘three fights a year,’ then get me three fights in a year. Don’t get me one fight in one year. That’s kind of a bummer about Strikeforce. Hopefully in the future, if I get to continue fighting, that the UFC always does give fights. That would be the difference for me, personally.”
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