George Sotiropoulos vs. KJ Noons
Herb Dean is our referee. Lots of circling and waiting early. This Texas crowd is getting impatient. More boos. Sotiropoulos circles right and feints. Noons pawing out straight punches but nothing connecting. No action so far. Noons lunges inside and gets tagged. Huge swirl of boos here. Both men starting to exchange a little now, but still nothing landing. Sotiropoulos paws out his jab. Noons gets poked in the eye. This crowd is super unhappy. Whoa, that eyepoke was pretty bad. Dean giving Noons time to recover. We're back. Noons rushes inside and connects. Noons catches Sotiropoulos just before the end of the round! Sotiropoulos drops to one knee. Noons swarms, but there's the horn. That last shot saved what could've been a 10-10 round.
Sotiropoulos catches Noons with a hard counter. Sotiropoulos stalking forward. Noons blocks a high kick. Noons goes low to the body. Sotiropoulos misses a left. Sotiropoulos cracks Noons with a jab, then looks to change levels unsuccessfully. More boos from this Texas crowd. Sotiropoulos back to circling. Noons counters a body kick with a hard right. Sotiropoulos grabs a single and drags Noons to the mat. Noons sits up against the fence, then stands and releases. Noons eats a left. Sotiropoulos goes low then high. Lazy left connects for Noons. Sotiropoulos tosses out a high kick. And another. Sloppy exchange to end the round.
After four quick finishes, this crowd is not enjoying themselves right now. Sotiropoulos misses a spinning back kick. Noons cracks Sotiropoulos with a hard counter left. Sotiropoulos is cut above his left eye. Big one-two lands for Noons. Noons opens up Sotiropoulos with a huge left. Sotiropoulos' head is pouring blood. Sotiropoulos ties up and hunts for a single, but can't get it. And another. Sotiropoulos blocks a right then stalks forward. High kick whiffs for Sotiropoulos. Sotiropoulos changes levels for a double. Noons defends and fires off a counter. Sotiropoulos connects on a high kick. Noons ducks under a follow-up high kick and cracks Sotiropoulos with a counter. This fight could still be up for grabs. Sotiropoulos misses a wild spinning kick. Noons goes to the body. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Noons. (29-28 Noons.)
K.J. Noons def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)