Tonight’s UFC 160 pay-per-view kicked off with an intriguing matchup between Donald Cerrone and K.J. Noons. The bout certainly impressed as Cerrone defeated Noons in dominant fashion.
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Cerrone Batters Noons
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone dominated KJ Noons tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena over three rounds. Cerrone mixed up his striking and takedown gamed tonight against the former Elite XC champ. Cerrone tore up Noons with multiple elbows and, while damaging his own elbow in the process, opened up the Strikeforce import.
Cerrone improves to 7-2 inside the Octagon, and remains a tough fight for anyone in the division.
Rd. 1- Noons wastes no time and comes out throwing kicks. Cerrone answers and goes for a takedown but transitions into a nice knee when he doesn’t get it. Cerrone blocks a KJ kick. Nice legkick by Noons. Wicked body kick by Cerrone and a nice leg kick off a counter. Knee to the body by Cerrone stops a Noons rush. Legkick by Cerrone. Cerrone with a takedown but lets Noons up and lands a bid uppercut. Accidental cupcheck by Cerrone but Noons waves him on. Nice knee to the body by Cerrone. Huge headkick by Cerrone was set up perfectly by light punches. Nice first round. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Cerrone.
Rd. 2- Cerrone with a nice takedown and briefly has the back but Noons scrambles up. Big knee by Cerrone on the break. Noons is just on the outside of his range so far. Hard leg kick by Cerrone. Much slower pace in the second. Noons keeps wiping his face where he is cut. Nice combo by Cerrone but Noons answers nicely. Spinning back fist just misses. Noons tries a big flying knee but Cerrone timed it and lands a nice takedown. Big left by Cerrone as Noons tries to scramble up. Body and head shots by Cerrone. Knee to the body by Cerrone, great technique. Donald does a great job of using a half nelson to pass to side control. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Cerrone (20-18)
Rd. 3- Nice jabwork by Cerrone to start the round. Nice left by KJ and he stalks forward taunting Cerrone and “Cowboy” responds with a takedown.Wicked elbows by Cerrone are opening up Noons. Noos tries to escape but Cerrone chases it perfectly. Big elbows by Cerrone and Noons is a mess. Cerrone with another big elbow and Noons finally starts fighting back. Cerrone passes to half guard and now to side control with :45 left. Referee asking if KJ can see but man he’s a mess. Big elbows by Cerrone as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores the round and the fight for Cerrone (30-27).
Donald Cerrone def. KJ Noons via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-26)