Strikeforce Results: 5 Fights for K.J. Noons in the UFC

Craig Amos@@CAABRMMAFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

Strikeforce Results: 5 Fights for K.J. Noons in the UFC

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    Though he'll exit Strikeforce in losing fashion, lightweight striking specialist K.J. Noons may very well be headed to the UFC.

    Saturday's loss to Ryan Couture at Strikeforce's final event was rather baffling, so it's entirely possible that Zuffa gives him a mulligan for his troubles. 

    If Noons is indeed green-lighted into the UFC, these are five opponents who may well be tasked with rolling out the welcome mat for him.

Ross Pearson

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    Pearson recently returned to the lightweight division after a brief test of the waters at 145. The result was a knockout win over his rival, George Sotiropoulos.

    "The Real Deal" is a striker who specifically prides himself on his boxing technique, which makes him an ideal opponent for Noons.

    Since both guys are likely to content themselves by exchanging punches for the fight's full 15-minute duration, this potential matchup has the makings of a very exciting affair.

Melvin Guillard

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    Guillard is another striker who would give Noons a welcomed break from the wrestler-heavy schedule that he has run through of late.

    And like the Pearson matchup, Noons vs. Guillard could produce some fireworks.

    Noons and Guillard are both currently mired in a 1-4 stretch, so the bout would also be seen as a "loser leaves town" type of competition.

Sam Stout

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    Stout has a UFC 157 bout scheduled for February 23, but if he comes out of that a winner, he and Noons could go this spring or early summer.

    Even if he loses, the fight could still be booked.

    Stout has struggled to build momentum as a UFC fighter, having failed to string more than two victories together since joining the promotion back in 2006.

    He has had his moments, though, both in terms of exciting fights and quality wins. A matchup against Noons would almost guarantee another of the former.

Anthony Njokuani

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    Noons vs. Njokuani would be yet another outstanding stand-up battle.

    It would be a clash of styles, between Noons's boxing attack and Njokuani's varied arsenal, that no fan favoring striking affairs would want to miss.

Paul Sass

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    I've gone with a striker-heavy roster thus far, but I will change gears here, giving Noons the exact opposite.

    Sass and Noons tend to rely on entirely dissimilar styles to win fights, and that's what makes this an interesting pairing. 

    Would Noons' superior boxing put out the Brit's lights, or would Sass drag his American counterpart to the mat and make him surrender?

    Sass is scheduled to compete opposite Danny Castillo this February but would be free for a tussle with Noons by early summer.