Strikeforce: K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson Round-by-Round Recap

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K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson

Round 1: Thomson with a front-kick that lands on Noons, backing him up and giving him control early. Noons, however, gets right back to his striking, avoiding a chance to go to the ground with Thomson twice. Thomson using push kicks to push Noons back, lands a big right to the face following a missed combo by Noons.

Noons doing a good job changing levels but yet to really connect. Thomson with a takedown attempt that takes a little time but finally works, with Noons working towards the cage. Thomson not doing much with the takedown right now as Noons is sitting up. Noons tries to get to his feet but Thomson takes control again, working up the side of Noons' body, taking his back with under a minute to go for a brief time. Thomson with a pair of elbows to the head and body as the clock runs out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thomson

Round 2: Noons wants to trade blows, taunting Thomson. Head-kick misses and Thomson slips, resulting in Noons taking control. Thomson, however, works off his back and takes over, trying for a takedown against the cage. Thomson finishes and we are back to where round one ended with Thomson in control and Noons against the cage. Noons seems frustrated by what is happening, throwing his hands up in the air.

Thomson content with trying to continue working for a submission and control on the ground. After a few strikes by Thomson, the ref stands them up, as the crowd cheers. Noons working his boxing, landing a nice combo. Noons with a knee to the body that backs Thomson up, following up with a body shot, as well. Thomson tries roping Noons into another ground situation, but Noons avoids it. However, Thomson goes again for the takedown and gets it with ease. Blows being exchanged as the two are on the mat to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thomson

Round 3: Noons pushing the pace, but Thomson eats a punch to get a trip in and take control of Noons. Thomson locks in a side-choke right in the middle of the cage with over four minutes to go in the round. Thomson unable to get it but floats over to the back with the choke still locked in. Thomson flattening Noons out now, still going for the choke. Noons survives a pair of deep submissions but Thomson takes the side mount, landing hammer fists to the face of Noons. Thomson in complete control, as Noons looks exhausted and has yet to get anywhere close to getting to his feet. Thomson with knees to the body to end it.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thomson

Josh Thomson defeated K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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