There are some fights -- whether they happen on the school yard, in a parking lot, a jailhouse or a submarine -- that leave no doubt about who is the better man. Tonight Jorge Masvidal busted up K.J. Noons on the feet, on the ground, and against the cage at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.
Masvidal was quicker with his fists than Noons and left the former pro-boxer looking like a victim in a slasher film. Noons brought male model looks into the cage and left looking like Frankenstein.
Noons, a former pro-boxer with a win over Nick Diaz, was expected to dominate on the feet against Masvidal, more of a jack-of-all trades type fighter. But Masvidal's sharp counter strikes consistently popped Noons hard. He also dominated Noons on the ground, repeatedly putting him in a cuddle-esque spoon position that was more about domination than romance. He very nearly finished Noons in the first round and left no doubt as to who was the better fighter.
Noons might never be the same after that fight. His reputation as one of the most dangerous strikers in the lightweight division is as tattered as his facial tissue.
Heading into the fight Noons spoke to SBNation's Luke Thomas about his desire to face Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez. By the end of the fight, Masvidal had proved Noons a pretender with title aspirations. Instead it was Masvidal who was calling out Gilbert Melendez after the fight.
Key Take Away: Masvidal is ready for his title shot.