Donald Cerrone Welcomes KJ Noons to the Octagon at UFC 160

February 20, 2013
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Donald 'Cowboy' CerroneThe Ultimate Fighting Championship Tuesday evening announced a UFC 160 lightweight bout pitting Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against K.J. Noons.

Cerrone (19-5) has lost only twice in his last 10 fights, but each time, it served to knock him out of a likely title shot.

Nate Diaz derailed Cerrone from a six-fight winning streak and then, two fights later, he was battling for the belt.

Cerrone won back-to-back fights after that loss, positioning him in a No. 1 contender’s bout with Anthony Pettis. Pettis was on his A-game at UFC on Fox 6, TKOing Cerrone midway through the opening round of the fight, leaving the Cowboy to once again climb the ladder.

The first step back towards a title shot begins with Noons, who is one of the fighters being assimilated into the UFC now that his former promotion, Strikeforce, has been shuttered.

Noons (11-6), although this is his first UFC bout, is in a much more precarious position than Cerrone. He has lost four of his last five fights, including coming off of back-to-back losses to Josh Thomson and Ryan Couture.

Noons needs a victory in a bad way or his tenure in the Octagon may not last long.

UFC 160 takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez puts his belt on the line in a main event rematch with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

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  • great fight.
    KJ Noons.

  • George Sperry

    Cerrone has been exposed, though he can fight. He is now a gate keeper and if Noons can’t give him a decent fight he won’t enter the gate.

    • Oscar Sanchez

      wtf exposed bulls*** cerrones a beast petis was just on his game that night , cerrone still has a lot of head of him imo.

  • BobLemons

    Tough break for Noons, giving Noons Pearson and giving Couture Cerrone would seem a little more fair..

    • Maddawgmar

      I would agree with you, except Noons dominated that fight. He was robbed.

      • BobLemons

        I would also have to agree, but Joe Silva tends to make match-ups on the merit of records, as he has this time. Two guys coming off a loss fighting and two guys coming off a win fighting. I just feel that Cerrone is a much tougher fight than Pearson, whether he’s coming off a loss or not (losing to Pettis has more merit than beating Sotiropolous imo). I feel that Couture should get the tougher fight and I’d also like to see Noons get a W, more due to my personal opinions than what is fair! 😛

  • Strikeforce folding is a blessing in disguise. These cross over match ups are all interesting. So many great fights to come.

  • RonnieV

    Gotta go with Noons! I’ve seen a couple of his sparring sessions, dude can box, and has great takedown defense. Cerrone’s best shot is with leg kicks.