KJ Noons outpoints Conor Heun in a close Split DecisionPosted on June 16, 2010, 10:44 PM by Anton Gurevich
Conor Heun and KJ Noons provided one of the best MMA fights this year so far, at the Strikeforce: Los Angeles main card opener. Two strikers went to war against each other during three rounds of action, which will be surely remembered for the very long time.
IFL veteran Conor Heun came out swinging against KJ Noons in the first round, unloading every bit of his striking arsenal at the former Elite XC Welterweight Champion. As for Noons, the Boxing enthusiast responded with a calm approach, stinging Heun with precise jabs and vicious hooks that left the Colorado-native bloodied in the first round. Eddie Bravo’s disciple Conor Heun almost got a Rear Naked Choke at the end of the first round, but KJ Noons managed to scramble off until the buzzer.
The action continued during the second and the third rounds, with Conor Heun being the more aggressive striker, but it was KJ Noons who did the most of the damage during the fight. Heun mixed his striking with high kicks, low kicks and knees, but found himself exposed each time KJ Noons landed one of his trademark punches. Heun showed tremendous heart during the fight, but it was KJ Noons patience and Boxing experience which proved itself vital in the fight.
The judges made a correct decision, awarding KJ Noons a 27-30, 29-28, 29-28 Split Decision. Noons improves his record to 9-2, with a possible rematch against Nick Diaz for the title as a legit option.