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Donald Cerrone-K.J. Noons scheduled for UFC 160

Noons v CoutureLightweight K.J. Noons has his first challenge lined up for the Octagon and it will be a stiff one, as the hard-hitting boxer has been booked against seasoned scrapper Donald Cerrone. Both men are coming off losses and are sure to be fishing for a finish at the event to secure a beneficial position in the organization’s seemingly bottomless talent pool at 155 pounds.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, the two are set for action on May 25 at UFC 160. The card is headlined by a title-fight between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Brazilian bomber Antonio Silva.

Noons started off his career with a 10-2 record but dropped four of his last five fights with each stumble involving a decision defeat. Eight of his wins have come by way of TKO including those over Jorge Gurgel, Yves Edwards, and Nick Diaz (albeit due to cuts).

The 19-5 Cerrone is sure to test his stand-up skills against Noons given his passion for punishing foes but could ultimately rely on his superior grappling to score victory considering thirteen of his wins have involved a submission stoppage. “Cowboy” was last seen having his hopes of a three-fight run snapped when Anthony Pettis put him away in the opening round of their January effort.

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4 COMMENTS
  • sdouglasmc says:

    Great fight! This would be an awesome prelim main event.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Looking forward to this as both have very high level striking, Noons has better hands but Cerrone is way more well rounded.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t know what’s up with Cowboy here lately, he always seems like his old self then gets on a roll just putting people down, but then gets into a title contention fight, and it all goes away. It’s like he’s going the route of Bisping when the pressure’s on.

    I think Cowboy takes this one though, Noons is good, but it annoys me how much he cares about his hair during a fight if he comes out with the wavy style.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Are guys like Florian, Bisping & Cerrone chokers, or are they just a step below the top level fighters? I’d go with the latter.

    In each case, they dominated the average to above average competition, but could never beat the top tier guys. For Kenny it was Penn/Maynard/Aldo. For Bisping it was Hendo & Vitor (the Chael fight was a virtual draw, and I’d put Chael in this same category btw). For Cowboy it’s been Bendo/Diaz/Pettis.

    So anyway, that’s not choking. Their ceiling as fighters is/was just a little below the top tier guys.

    As for this matchup, I agree it’s a good stylistic pairing. Cowboy is a better all around fighter, but this matchup plays into Noons’ strengths much better than his last couple fights. I’ll go with Cowboy by decision and Noons and/or his dad pouting about it afterwards.

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