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Noons Not Certain Cerrone Will Stand And Trade

Kelsey Mowatt

KJ Noons

While the much of the attention surrounding UFC 160 has been focused on the all-star heavyweight tilts scheduled for the event, the main card has not one, but two, pretty intriguing lightweight fights set. Yes, the Gray Maynard-TJ Grant fight has title shot implications riding on it and should be pretty sweet, but the Donald Cerrone-KJ Noons bout on paper is a match-maker’s dream.

Of course, both Cerrone and Noons have forged reputations over the years for being highlight reel strikers, which is a huge reason why fans should be excited about this fight. Noons recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” program, and while the experienced pugilist credited Cerrone for being a “very well rounded” and  aggressive fighter, he cautioned the fight might not go down the way fans expect.

“There’s only been one person that’s stood and banged with me. It was Nick Diaz. I don’t know if that’s the smartest thing … . I train for every aspect of the game because it’s MMA. It might look like it’s going to be a standup war, but people want to put it wherever it’s going to be the most to their advantage. I feel like the biggest advantage for me is standing. He’s probably going to be wanting to take it anywhere, make my hands tired, make legs tired. I’m ready for wherever the fight goes. I think it’s going to be exciting anywhere.”

Although Noons is coming off a tough split decision loss to Ryan Couture at the final Strikeforce event, which a lot of people thought he won, he is coming off consecutive defeats and really needs a win. Cerrone is coming off a devastating and quick loss to Anthony Pettis, so not only is he looking to get back on track, but a loss to UFC newcomer like Noons would be a pretty big set back. So does that translate to an all out war? Or more of a conservative approach?

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