In the opening fight of the UFC 166 prelims on FS1, Lightweight K.J. Noons (12-7) outpointed George Sotiropoulos (14-6) to win a unanimous decision. This was the first win for K.J. in his UFC career after losing to Donald Cerrone earlier this year in his promotional debut. The loss was G-Sots fourth consecutive since going undefeated in his first 7 UFC fights.
The fight started off very slow as Sot circled away from Noons for the first couple minutes. Once they started to engage, KJ ate an eyepoke that stopped the action. After that, the two went at it for the remainder of the round, both trading in the pocket in the closing seconds. Two judges scored round 2 for Sotiropoulos for outlanding and taking down Noons. In the last round, Noons started landing some of his looping hooks and uppercuts and even rocked George at one point. All the judges scored the fight for Noons.
What was the high point of the fight?
It wasn't a great fight, but the best exchange was probably where Noons rocked George in the 3rd. He had him wobbling and landed a few more blows, but couldn't finish.
Where do they go from here?
From the original booking, this fight had all the appearances of a standard "loser leaves town" match. It wasn't the prettiest win, but Noons pulled it off and it most likely saved his position on the roster.
Sotiropoulos is the other side of that coin. He looked better than most would have thought in an almost exclusively striking oriented fight. However, he came up short and with it being his fourth consecutive loss, he's probably getting the axe after this.
Watch it now, never, or later?
You can hold off on this one. It wasn't a bad fight, in my opinion, but there's far better action on this card.