KJ Noons outpointed Billy Evangelista this evening at Strikeforce’s San Diego show after a gruelling three rounder.
Noons changed up from his familiar boxing style in the opening round, looking for kicks and even getting an early takedown, though Evangelista was quickly back to his feet.
The suprise gameplan didn’t seem too effective though with Evangelista still getting the better of the action by using clinchwork and landing the cleaner strikes.
It wasn’t an all-action round, but the one that followed certainly turned things up a notch as Noons began to revert to type and looked to outbox his opponent. He was somewhat effective in that regard, finding his range and then working well to the body and landing a couple of vicious looking uppercuts which Evangelista took well.
Evangelista was firing back with some heavy leather of his own though so there was still all to play for in the final round.
It turned out to be another close, competitive round, and at time was an outright slug fest with Noons getting the better of it, but only just, with a head kick being his most notable moment.
The best action of the round came from Evangelista to took advantage of a failed takedown attempt from Noons to go for a d’arce choke and it was deep.
Noons dropped to the floor and after some tense moments managed to break free and get back to his feet. It was clear that it had taken a toll on him though as his movement became labored and his punches slowed down dramatically.
Nevertheless he pressed forward and looked to trade with Evangelista who was clearly tired himself and couldn’t take advantage of the fact Noons hands were often down by his sides.
With neither man able to land a killer blow it was down to the judges to pick a winner, and they saw it unanimously in favor of Noon, 29-28.