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Strikeforce: K.J. Noons Vs. Ryan Couture

K.J. Noons vs. Ryan Couture

The final prelim fight in the history of Strikeforce is next, as lightweights K.J. Noons (11-5) and Ryan Couture (5-1) take the cage. Noons is a former EliteXC champion, while Couture is the son of ex-UFC champ and Hall of Famer Randy Couture. The referee will be Don Turnage.

Round 1: Couture with a reach advantage, but Noons is a well-rounded boxer, so that could be negated. Noons has his right-hand locked and ready to unleash, as Couture picks the leg to work on. Couture with a knee as they tie up close. Noons answers with a jab and a big right that just misses. Another kick by Couture, and Noons replied with a right. Uppercut by Noons, who is obviously head hunting. Nice exchange by the two, with Noons getting the better of it. Couture with a flush spinning back kick, but Noons answers and drops Couture to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Noons

Round 2: Noons with a left-right combo to start the round. Couture trying to avoid the punching power of Noons, but eats a right. Knee to the body by Couture after a failed takedown attempt. Couture rocks Noons, and is throwing everything he has. Now, Noons responds and starts firing off on Couture with lefts and rights. Noons rocks Couture with a right, and another right, but Couture is still standing as we approach two minutes left in the round. Blood pouring from face of Noons. Couture appeared to be wobbled several times, but he never dropped. Body shot by Couture is answered with a combo by Noons. Couture finishes out the round strong, landing a spinning kick and a knee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Couture

Round 3: Nice side kick by Couture lands to the body, and he follows up with a combo. Straight jab from Couture misses, and Noons counters. Couture with a knee to the face after a failed takedown attempt. Jab from Noons backs Couture up. Noons with a big left the lands, and Couture just misses with a high kick. Right lands from Couture, but is just a glancing blow. Couture blocks an uppercut attempt by Noons. Couture with a knee inside the clinch, and he continues to press forward with a minute to go. Exchange of rights, and Couture gets countered following a kick. Down to 30 seconds, and this could easily be either fighters fight to win.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Couture

Ryan Couture def. K.J. Noons via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)