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Strikeforce 37: KJ Noons Vs. Billy Evangelista

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Herb Dean will referee the night’s first main card bout, which takes place int he lightweight division.

Round 1: No glove touch to start it. Noons out immediately throwing chopping inside leg kicks. Noons shoots a strong takedown and gets Evangelista down briefly. Evangelista fights to his feet and they break. Noons working more kicks than we’ve seen from him lately. Evangelista presses him into the fence, working for a single leg and getting it. Noons gets to his feet and fights off a guillotine attempt. Evangelista presses Noons back into the fence, throwing knees. Evangelista keeping Noons on his heels, pressuring him with punches in between takedown attempts. Noons demonstrating solid takedown defense. Another inside leg kick for Noons. They trade knees, Evangelista landing well with shots inside after backing Noons up. Evangelista cracks Noons with a left hook. Noons appears to shake it off, coming back with a few good shots of his own. Leg kick for Noons, followed by a nice punch combo, the third shot of which lands. Evangelista shoots for a takedown that Noons avoids, but roughs Noons up in the clinch before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Evangelista

Round 2: Evangelista foes for the shot early and Noons shakes him off. Noons cracks Evangelista with a hard left hook and goes after him with a volley of shots, including a spinning back kick and back fist. Evangelista comes right back at Noons with a hard left hook counter on a body shot. Evangelista taunting Noons as he walks him down. Noons nails Evangelista with a straight right, but Evangelista just smiles and defends the subsequent takedown attempt. Evangelista beating Noons to the punch, landing the harder shots. Evangelista stuffs another takedown and knees Noons before moving off. Noons still showing slick head movement avoiding some straight punches. Evangelista working the leg with kicks. Noons avoids a sequence of shots beautifully and bounces off the cage with a nice, wuick knee. Noons avoids a takedown from evangelista. Noons lands a pair of straight shots. Evangelista avoids a lead uppercut to close the gap and score with a knee and some dirty boxing. Noons dives for another takedown before the bell that Evangelista avoids.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noons

Round 3: They start engaging almost immediately, both men digging in and landing shots but Noons landing more accurately. Noons lands a quick head kick that stings Evangelista. Noons attacking while as he moves away, landing well with both kicks and punches. Noons is putting his striking together even better now, keeping clear of Evangelista’s shots with expert movement and firing back withe solid counters. Noons shoots for a takedown, but Evangelista avoids and threatens with a front choke, that Noons avoids. The technique is starting to slide now from both men, Noons throwing bolo punches from his hips. Noons raises his hands as Evangelista backs away. Noons pawing his jab out, inviting a surge by Evangelista that Noons answers readily. Noons with a pinpoint left hook that Evangelista shakes off. Evangelista lands a hard elbow standing. They go after it until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noons

KJ Noons defeated Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)