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Strikeforce: KJ Noons Vs. Jorge Masvidal

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Don Turnage will ref this lightweight fight.

Round 1: Noons come out fast and Masvidal hits him with a leg kick. Masvidal lands a nice right and follows with a jumping knee. Masvidal doing well disrupting Nonns’ game early with leg kicks. Masvidal lands a knee when Noons moves in with his head low. Masvidal landing some nice knees before he drives for the takedown and gets it. Noons on his side against the fence, looking for a kimura. Masvidal gets out of the hold and they scramble. Noons gets to his feet. Masvidal lands a slick jab after a leg kick. Noons is bleeding from his forehead as a result of a nice knee by Masvidal. Masvidal with a nice one-two. Masvidal is impressive here in out-striking Noons, he drops Noons with a head kick and looks to finish things with under twenty seconds to go. He pours it on but Noons hangs tough until the end. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 2: Noons comes out hard, but Masvidal stays patient, still throwing Noons off with leg kicks. Noons lands a few nice leg kicks of his own. Masvidal starts to open up with his hands again. He knocks Noons off balance with a kick, and then scores a successful takedown. Noons gets up quickly, but Masvidal gets him back down again shortly thereafter. Masvidal in Noons’ guard in the center of the cage. He’s posturing up and looking to land shots. Noons backs up to the cage and uses it to stand. Noons with a lunging knee of his own that lands. Masvidal lands a big overhand right. Masvidal is lumping Noons up with heavy shots. Masvidal drives for the takedown again. He gets him down against the fence with under a minute to go. Noons gets to his feet and Masvidal flops to his back for better defense. He gets to his feet and takes no damage. On their feet, Masvidal backs Noons up with punches. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Noons’ forehead beginning to resemble Mark Hominick’s in the Aldo title fight.

Round 3: Noons comes out hard again, looking to land big shots. Masvidal laying back, looking to counter. Noons finding success with his hands. Masvidal avoiding Noons’ big shots with slick head movement. He drives for the takedown and Noons stuffs it. Masvidal starting to turn it on with his jab. He lands a spinning back kick. A good right by Masvidal. Masvidal hits a takedown against the cage. Noons gets to his feet. Masvidal gets him back down. Similar to Shinya Aoki, he pins Noons’ arm across his face and looks for ground and pound. Noons scrambles to his feet again, but Masvidal is all over him, putting him back on the mat. scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal defeated KJ Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

That’s a possible title shot in the books for “Gamebred.”