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Strikeforce: KJ Noons and Jorge Gurgel agree to meet on August 21


Fresh off his win over Conor Heun at Strikeforce: "Los Angeles," K.J. Noons is set to take on Jorge Gurgel at a yet to be named Strikeforce event on August 21 in Houston, Texas. first reported the proposed match up yesterday.

Prior to his split decision win over Heun earlier this month, Noons defeated Andre Amado at DREAM 13 back in March after more than a year away from the cage.

It was his first bout since "retiring" from the sport in late 2008 after he was stripped of his 155-pound title for refusing to accept a rematch with Nick Diaz under the terms Elite XC was offering.

"King Karl" felt that his previous performance against Diaz (a first round technical knockout) and his lone title defense -- a first round technical knockout victory over Yves Edwards in June of 2008 -- was enough to at least earn himself a bigger paycheck than Diaz in the rematch.

The promotion, however, apparently disagreed, causing a big mess and ultimately leading to Noons being forced to relinquish his title.

The ex-boxer then decided to make an attempt to return to his roots inside the ring, but a disappointing decision loss to James Countryman earlier this year threw a wrench into those plans. The City Boxing product did manage to put together a solid record of 4-1 as a pugilist, but he likely wasn't going to be winning a world title anytime soon.

Gurgel, last seen in action in November of 2009 where he lost a unanimous decision to Billy Evangelista, will be bringing a record of 13-6 to the contest having lost three of his last four contests.

Despite earning "Fight of the Night" honors in a losing effort against Aaron Riley at UFC 91, Jorge was released from the UFC and quickly scooped up by Strikeforce.

In fact, his first fight with the promotion coincidentally enough came against Conor Heun, a bout Gurgel would win via unanimous decision. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu black belt has gone to a decision in seven of his last eight fights, winning four of them.

Stay tuned to for more news on this developing Strikeforce card.

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