Long considered one of the lightweight prospects, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal went a long way to prove that he is one of the sport’s best at 155 lbs. when he dominated former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum this past Saturday night.
Masvidal let it be known early in the bout with Noons that he wasn’t afraid to stand and trade with the noted boxer, as he opened a cut on Noons’ forehead that bloodied the former champion late in the first frame. Masvidal dominated the fight early, and he finished out a first round that could have been scored 10-8.
In the second round, Masvidal showed his ever-improving wrestling game by repeatedly taking Noons to the ground at will, winning the second stanza in nearly as dominant a fashion as he won the first.
The third round was more of the same, with Masvidal proving that he was the better man on the night, as he took the bout via unanimous decision.
“I felt great,” said Masvidal. “KJ is a tough guy, but he had nothing on me.”
With the win, Masvidal now has his sights set on Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who has been begging for worthy contenders. Melendez has said that he is looking to the UFC for elite competition, but Masvidal made it known that there are plenty of fighters in Strikeforce willing to take his title, including the native Cuban himself.
“I ready for the title shot,” he stated. “I proved that and I hope Strikeforce and Zuffa agree.”