Next month’s Strikeforce event, rumored to be organization’s final show according to certain cynics, has grown by a bout after a rumored match-up featuring K.J. Noons vs. Billy Evangelista was confirmed earlier today by Strikeforce officials.
Set for December 17, the upcoming event is headlined by Gilbert Melendez defending his lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal with Cristiane Santos and Gegard Mousasi also booked for appearances on the card.
Noons will be looking to bounce back from a pair of defeats, though he was competitive in both performances taking top contenders Masvidal and Nick Diaz the distance in consecutive outings. The hard hitting 28-year old holds an overall record of 10-4 with eight TKOs including wins over Diaz, Conor Heun, Jorge Gurgel, and Yves Edwards.
Evangelista also came up short on the scorecards against Masvidal in his last outing, the first loss of his five-year career. Among his eleven victories are instances of success against Gurgel, Waachim Spiritwolf, and Nam Phan.
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MMATraining Take: In my estimation this bout is a means of Zuffa sacrificing Evangelista in hopes of re-building Noons as a contender. “King Karl” has an exciting style backed by knockout power, isn’t afraid to let loose on the microphone, and has a perfect “pretty boy” look for television. Truly, there’s nothing about Evangelista’s skill-set or record that indicates this bout should be competition – just a means of showcasing one guy.