Round 1: Referee Herb Dean calls for the fight to start. Noons works leg kicks to open. Evangelista misses with a right hand. Noons shoots in for a takedown and gets it. Evangelista quickly gets to his feet. Noons is circling on the outside. Evangelista clinches and pushes Noons against the cage. Evangelista gets a single leg takedown, but Noons bounces back up. They briefly separate before Evangelista closes the distance and lands knees from the clinch. Evangelista is setting the pace. With two minutes remaining, the pace slows. Noons lands a knee but Evangelista clinches and lands two to the body. Noons circles away but gets hit with a big right hand. Noons lands an inside leg kick followed by two to the outside. Evangelista moves in and Noons makes him miss and pay with a counter combination. Evangelista goes for a single leg. The round ends with Evangelista pressing Noons against the fence and landing shots. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-0 for Evangelista.
Round 2: Noons lands an inside leg kick to start the round. They’re in the center of the cage exchanging leg kicks. Noons moves in with a right hand. He lands a spinning back kick to the body and a left hand to follow. Evangelista is stalking Noons. Noons using leg kicks to keep Evangelista on the outside. Noons lands a straight right and shoots for a takedown. Evangelista fends it off. Evangelista lands a big overhand right. Noons goes for a takedown but gets stuffed. Evangelista lands a couple of knees before Noons freed himself. Evangelista landing leg kicks. Evangelista goes for a single leg takedown. Noons defended it but got hit with a left hand on the break. Noons lands a stiff jab and they exchange leg kicks. Evangelista closes the distance and works some dirty boxing. Noons shoots for a takedown from way out. Evangelista defended and the round ends. MMAWeekly scored teh round 10-9 for Noons.
Round 3: Noons circles on the outside as Evangelista stalks him. They get into a nice exchange with both landing shots. Noons lands a lead uppercut and a left hook. Noons lands a high kick that Evangelista walks through. Evangelista ties him up but Noons quickly escapes. Noons lands an uppercut as Evangelista tried to move in. Noons landing his jab at will. Evangelista tries to close the distance. Noons uses footwork to get away. Evangelista gets to the clinch but Noons frees himself. Noons shoots for the takedown and Evangelista went for a standing d’arce choke. Noons escapes. Noons lands a winging left hand. There’s a minute remaining. Noons raises his hands and moves forwards with labored punches. They’re in the center of the cage. Noons lands a left hand. Evangelista lands a hook to the body. Close round. MMAWeekly scored the round 10-9 for Noons. Very close. This could go either way.
The judges scored the fight unanimously for KJ Noons with all three scorecards reading 29-28.