George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons
Round 1: Noons takes the center of the Octagon. Sotiropoulous circles on the outside. Noons paws with his jab as he inches forward. No offense through the first 90 seconds and the crowd begins to get restless. Noons steps in with a jab to the body. He lands again to the body. Sotiropoulous lands a counter right hand. Noons continues to throw at the body of Sotiropoulous. Noons lands a hard shot to the body followed by another. Sotiropoulous delivers a left hand. Noons lands a left hand. Sotiropoulous accidentally pokes Noons in the eye. Noons is given time to recover. Noons says he’s okay to continue although says he’s seeing black. The fight is restarted. Noons picks up the pace. He lands an uppercut. Noons is stalking. He lands a right hand. Noons flurries and lands another big right hand at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Noons.
Round 2: Noons moves forward behind his jab. He continues to land to the body. Noons has his hands low. Sotiropoulous misses with a spinning kick. Sotiropoulous attempts to get the fight to the ground but Noons stuffs it. Noons lands a lead uppercut. Sotiropoulous looking to counter strike. Sotiropoulous delivers a kick to the body. He gets to the clinch and secures a takedown. Two minutes remain in the round. Noons uses the cage to stand and they separate. Sotiropoulous lands a left to the body and Noons fires back with a right hand. Noons is winging punches but missing. Sotiropoulous is starting to land more. He lands an inside leg kick followed by a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sotiropoulous.
Round 3: Noons comes out aggressive. He moves forward and lands a right hand. Sotiropoulous answers with a right hand. Noons has slowed. Sotiropoulous is cut over his left eye. Noons lands a left hook. Noons steps in with a big right hand that wobbles Sotiropoulous. Sotiropoulous is cut over both eyes now. Sotiropoulous looks to get the fight to the ground but Noons shakes off the attempt. He tries again and Noons stuffs it. Noons delivers a right hook. Sotiropoulous responds with an outside leg kick. Noons lands a counter right hand. Sotiropoulous delivers a counter left hook followed by a leg kick. Sotiropoulous lands a head kick and Noons eats it. Sotiropoulous misses with a head kick and Noons lands a left hand. Noons steps in with a right hand followed by a left. Noons misses with a spinning back fist. Noons lands a right hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Noons.
The judges scored the fight for Noons by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.