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K.J. Noons Labels Strikeforce Closing As Bittersweet

K.J. Noons (11-5) has been one of the more outspoken Strikeforce fighters when it pertains to the lack of competition he saw in 2012. Last year, Noons only competed once compared to previous years where he fought at least twice and up to four times in one year. Now with Strikeforce closing Noons is looking to fight on a regular basis again.

“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,” said Noons to MMA Junkie Radio. “That’s not a living. That’s surviving. When your employer can’t even really get you a fight, it’s real tough. It’s kind of bitter, you know?”

In his only appearance last year, Noons lost a decision fight to Josh Thomson (19-5-1 NC) in a title eliminator. Thomson was unsuccessful in capturing the lightweight championship.

Since that March appearance Noons has been waiting for Strikeforce to call with a potential fight. He will meet Ryan Couture (5-1) for Strikeforce this Saturday, January 12. That card takes place from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Showtime will air the main card.

Noons hasn’t heard from the UFC if he’s headed over, but believes it will happen. He is currently focused on getting past Couture.