Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons
Round 1: Noons opens with leg kicks. Cerrone rushes in with a takedown attempt. Noons stuffs it but Cerrone lands a knee. Noons continues to land leg kicks. He goes to the body with a right hand. Cerrone delivers an outside leg kick. Noons closes the distance and Cerrone delivers a straight knee to the body. Cerrone changes levels and gets the fight to the ground. Noons scrambles back to his feet. Cerrone lands an uppercut. They exchange leg kicks. Cerrone lands an outside leg kick. Cerrone lands a knee to the body. Noons answers with a stiff jab. Noons comes over the top with a right hand. Cerrone lands to the body and then a combination that ended in a high kick. Noons continues to work leg kicks. Cerrone circles. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
Round 2: Noons comes across the cage. Cerrone takes him down and works to take his back. Noons spins and scrambles free. Noons moving forward. He walks into a left hand. Noons is pursuing Cerrone. He lands a right hand on the jaw. Cerrone delivers a hard inside leg kick. Noons steps in with a left hand. Cerrone goes to the body with a kick. Noons lands a combination on the inside. Cerrone looks to get the fight to the ground and lands a knee. Noons answers with a left hand. Cerrone circles. Noons lands a spinning back fist. Noons moves in and Cerrone changes levels and secures a double leg tadedown. He lands a hammer fist followed by a series of short forearms. He lands to the body and head. Cerrone moves to side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
Round 3: They touch gloves and hug to start the final round. They exchange leg kicks. Cerrone landing his jab. Cerrone delivers a front kick to the body. Noons has slowed but continues to work leg kicks. He lands a right hand followed by a left. He raises his arms to tell Cerrone to come on. Cerrone changes levels and takes him down. Cerrone mixes in punches to the body and elbows to the head. Noons scrambles. Cerrone stays ahead of him and maintains top position. Cerrone is landing hard elbows. Noons is bloodied. Noons fires back with elbows from the bottom, but Cerrone continues with his ground and pound. Noons scrambles but Cerrone ends up advancing to half guard. Cerrone moves to side control. Cerrone continues to inflict damage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Cerrone.
The judges score the fight for Cerrone by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26.