Noons was known for his spectacular boxing, but it was Cerrone who showed that you need much, much more than that if you want to be a successful UFC fighter.
"Cowboy" didn't waste much time, scoring with low kicks and punches, landing with some shots to Noons' right eye and opening up a cut on the former Elite XC champion.
When Noons tried to respond with some leg kicks and boxing of his own, Cerrone whipped out some offensive wrestling, taking him down and dropping a few short elbows, then landing a knee up the middle when Noons tried to pop back to his feet.
Noons may have made a name for himself with his boxing, but he got worked over by Cerroneon the feet, eating quick jabs, low kicks, body kicks and even occasional partially blocked head kicks, and Noons was having trouble clearing up his vision on his right side due to the cut bleeding into his eye.
"Cowboy" made things significantly worse for Noons in the third round, taking him down for the fourth time and proceeding to drop some huge elbows which busted Noons' left side of his face up as well.
When it came time for the judges to render their decision, it was a walk in the park as they awarded Cerrone all threerounds to hand the former WEC standout a unanimous victory.
For K.J. Noons, he simply didn't have enough weapons to compete against Cerrone fairly. Maybe his pure boxing attack worked against lesser competition, but you need more tools than that, or you need to be more dominant with your boxing if you want to defeat higher level competition. He was outgunned in all facets of the fight, even punching, and that's not a good sign by any means.
Noons has now lost five out of his last six fights and he'll probably be getting his walking papers because he didn't look like a UFC caliber fighter last night.
For Donald Cerrone, he fought very intelligently. Not only did he stick with a gameplan, he actually utilized all of his weapons in a fight, shooting in for takedowns, dropping ground and pound, working over Noons with kicks and scoring with some crisp boxing of his own. Noons never knew what was coming next and that played huge in Cerrone's success. If he can mix up his game like this against future opponents, he's still got a shot at being a lightweight contender.