Former Elite XC lightweight champion and Strikeforce welterweight title challenger KJ Noons squared off against Brazilian unknown Alex Oliveira. ‘King’ was heavy favorite heading in to this fight, with Oliveira’s last fight being a March submission loss to Gilbert Burns. The oddsmakers were wrong in this case though, as Oliveira pulled a fantastic first round finish out of the bag. Next time Bet on MMA at William Hill.
The heavy-handed Noons was never given the time to work by Oliveira, who swiftly took the fight down to the mat and made it ugly. Taking Noons’ back with relative ease, ‘Cowboy’ was able to sink in a fight-ending rear naked choke at just over half way through the round. This is Noons’ first loss since 2013, having beaten Sam Stout and George Sotiropoulis, and getting a NC against Daron Cruickshank.
Oliveira improves to 11-2, Noons drops to 13-8 and has some serious work to do after a loss to such a heavy underdog. Check out the UFC Fight Night 67 Alex Oliveira vs KJ Noons full fight video highlights above, and follow the links to the main card action below: