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Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey Play-by-Play: K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson

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K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson

Round 1: Thomson opens with kicks.  He lands a front kick to Noons’ face.  Thomson looking to get the fight to the ground.  He lands a spinning back kick to the body.  Thomson using push kicks to keep Noons on the outside.  Noons moves forward but Thomson circles away.  Noons lands a stiff jab.  Thomson shoots for the takedown.  He gets it.  Noons scrambles to get back to his feet.  He moves to the cage and sits up on it. Thomson scoops his legs and puts him back on the canvas.  Noons lands short elbows to the body of Thomson.  Noons fights to get back to his feet.  Thomson controls him but isn’t doing damage.  A minute remains in the round.  Thomson lands elbows to the body.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

Round 2: Noons misses with a superman punch.  Thomson throws a high kick and slips.  Noons gets top position.  Thomson gets up and presses Noons against the cage.  Noons lands a hard knee to the body.  Thomson works for a takedown and gets it.  Noons sits against the fence looking to wall walk back to his feet.  Thomson controls him.  The crowd grows restless.  Noons throws elbows from the bottom.  Thomson lands a few punches to the body.  The referee stands them up with two minutes remaining in the round.  Noons lands an uppercut.  Noons picking up the aggression level.  Noons is cut over his left eye.  Noons lands a knee to the body and another.  Thomson works for a takedown.  Noons fends it off.  Thomson secures a takedown with just under a minute left in the round.  Noons is clearly frustrate.  Thomson stands and lands a right hand before going back to the ground.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.

Round 3: Noons moves in with an outside leg kick.  He stalks Thomson.  Thomson quickly gets a trip takedown and applies an arm triangle choke.  Thomson squeezes but Noons survives the choke.  Thomson keeps Noons on the canvas and is in half guard.  There’s two minutes on the clock.  Thomson lands hammer fists.  Thomson continues to control Noons on the ground.  Noons gets back to full guard.  Thomson lands some ground and pound.  He has Noons pressed against the fence.  He stands with ten seconds left but doesn’t do anything.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.  His grappling was too much for Noons.

The judges score Thomson the unanimous winner with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28.

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