Strikeforce: Los Angeles opened with a hard fought but dominant decision win for K.J. Noons over Conor Heun.
Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons made his Strikeforce debut against Conor Heun at Strikeforce Los Angeles. Noons was expected to have a serious advantage in the striking arts, but Heun scored early with punches and kicks standing. But about ninety seconds in Noons began to counter Heun with crisp shots. Heun began bleeding around the left eye.
Around the two minute mark, Heun got Noons down and went for a rear naked choke. When Noons got out of that, Heun got the dreaded S mount and fired shots to Noons' face. Noons almost fought his way free near the minute mark, but Heun got his back again and threatened chokes while landing shots. But Noon stood back up with 0:15 left and tagged Heun with a hard shot before the buzzer.
In the second, Heun fired a high kick as Noons fired a punch and wound up on his back. But was back to his feet quickly. They exchanged and Heun scored first but Noons scored more in the exchanges. Noons was working the body. Heun began to score but Noons didn't relent either. Noons hurt Heun with 1:45 left but when he pressed his advantage, Heun hurt him back. Heun shot but didn't get close to taking down Noons. Noons worked the body with hard shots. Heun landed a mean knee to the face. Then he shot and got stuffed by a sprawling Noons. Heun ended the round with a take down. Very hard round to score.
Heun opened the final round with a stuffed shot, then fought for a clinch Noons evaded. Noons landed a flying knee but then Heun fired a high kick. Noons then landed a very hard combo of punches. And jabs. And uppercuts. There was a hard clash of heads and a possibly inadvertent punch to the back of the head of Noons. But K.J. recovered to score some hard shots. Heun attempted several take downs but Noons walked out of all the attempts. Heun landed a combo with an uppercut included. Heuns makes a desperate lunge for a take down but Noons ended the fight with a nice combo to the face before Heun grabbed a guillotine attempt as the buzzer rang.