UFC 160 kicked off last weekend, and it featured an important lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and K.J. Noons. Leading into this bout, it was well known that both fighters possessed competent striking skills, but Cerrone proved to be just too much for Noons. In the bout, Cerrone picked Noons apart on the feet, and he would utilize some nice kicks.
He would even tap into his grappling skills, taking Noons down and landing some good shots from the top. In each round Cerrone was able to outpoint Noons, and he would get the unanimous decision. It was a much needed win for Cerrone as he was coming off a viscous TKO loss against the dynamic striker in Anthony Pettis. Now it will be interesting to see if he can get back on a winning streak in hopes of getting a title shot where Ben Henderson is currently the champion.
If Cerrone does want to make a serious run in the division, he will need to continue to use his wrestling and grappling skills because they are seriously underrated. For Cerrone, maybe a bout with Josh Thompson or Pat Healy would be ideal. Both of these fighters already have UFC wins under their belt, and it would be interesting to see if they could deal with the dynamic striking from Cerrone.
As for Noons, he may get one more fight to prove he is UFC material. Maybe a fight with Evan Dunham seems like the most appropriate bout for him. Both are coming off of losses, and the will to win would be at an all-time high for both fighters.