K.J. Noons has had an up-and-down career as a fighter. He’s been able to climb the ladder in the Strikeforce promotion, winning the welterweight title, but he’s been inconsistent in terms of his UFC career. He will be hoping to change this, and has a great chance to do so as he’s been booked to fight Sam Stout at the season finale of TUF ‘Nations’.
Stout is a very technical fighter, and he’s been able to do some great things in his UFC tenure. Noons will be hoping to take this momentum away from Stout, and he certainly possesses the skills to do so. Joining the UFC back in 2013, Noons has been able to go 1-1. His last outing was a complete beatdown where he dominated George Sotiropoulos for three straight rounds.
Noons will be looking to do the same thing to Stout. He’s got some professional boxing experience, which will serve him well going up against Stout. He should be able to dictate the exchanges on the feet. The only thing he needs to worry about is the wrestling of Stout, who seems to be relying on that skill a lot in his recent fights.
If he can keep Stout standing, he’s got a great shot at clipping him and finishing the fight in a devastating way. The win would be huge for Noons’ career, and it would enhance his status in the lightweight division. Noons always brings action to the cage with him, so it should be a fun one against Stout.