K.J. Noons registered the biggest victory of his UFC career with a spectacular performance at The Ultimate Fighter: Nations finale. Noons picked up his second straight victory inside the Octagon, and became the first fighter to ever stop Sam Stout via strikes. The end came in blistering fashion, as Noons got the job done in just 30 seconds.
The fight, which was originally slated to be a lightweight encounter, was contested at the 170 pound division after both fighters received approval from both the UFC and the Quebec Athletic Commission. Both fighters were looking to avoid being drained by the weight cut, and were looking to put on a tremendous fight. It didn’t take long for the outcome to be determined.
Stout’s first fight at 170 pounds couldn’t have gone any worse, as he was finished by an enormous overhand right to the jaw. Noons landed some follow-up strikes with a dazed Stout prone on the canvas. The Canadian fighter was so completely out of it, that he was actually attempting to put holds on the referee after the contest was officially halted.
Stout’s granite chin betrayed him against Noons as he fell to 20-10-1 in his career. He’s just 9-9 in his 18-fight UFC tenure and hasn’t recorded back-to-back wins since 2011. While Stout’s been involved in many a thrilling battle during his Octagon career, it’s tough to figure where he goes from here.
Noons has faced some quality competition during his career, and has competed in both the lightweight and welterweight ranks. He had struggled in recent times, but after a tough Octagon debut at UFC 160 where he was dominated by Donald Cerrone, has now responded with back-to-back victories for the first time since 2010.
“King” has a tremendous boxing background, and showcased it in a major way against the usually durable Stout. It was his ninth career knockout, and one of his most spectacular. For Noons, it marked his first fight at the welterweight limit since losing a Strikeforce title fight to Diaz back in 2010. Noons improved to 13-7 with the explosive effort.
After the way he looked against Stout, Noons should have some attractive options to consider in either the lightweight or welterweight divisions. He made an emphatic statement in Quebec City.