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KJ Noons Says He Isn’t a Dirty Fighter; He Just Plays One on TV

(I gotta split, man. KITT is double parked out front.)

According to Strikeforce lightweight KJ Noons, he isn’t a dirty fighter and he says fans shouldn’t be swayed by popular opinion about a late punch he connected with after the bell in the first round and a questionable knee he landed to his downed opponent Jorge Gurgel in the second round during their Strikeforce: Houston bout on Saturday night.

"I’m not trying to be dirty," Noons said. "I’m just trying to finish the fight."

The fighter with the Hasselhoff hair explained the late shot to MMAJunkie, pointing to the fact that he wanted to ensure he won the round and that he didn’t even hear the bell.

"I didn’t hear the bell," Noons said. "I heard the 10 seconds. When you hear the 10 seconds, being a fighter, this is your chance. I don’t know if I won that round. I don’t know if he won that round. You want to end every round showing out good. A lot of guys do a takedown. For myself, I want to get that last couple combos in to maybe finish the round good and win the round."

Some feel that the left hook, which left Gurgel wobby-legged, may have had a big impact on Noons winning the fight, but most intelligent observers will point and scoff at those people as they know the real problem is Jorge has refused to use his ground skills to win a fight in the past five years. It’s like the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has been hypnotized into thinking he’s a muay thai champion.

Regardless of what won him the fight, Noons maintains that he’s not a dirty fighter.

"By any means am I a dirty fighter?" Noons asked. "No. You can look at my history. I’m not a dirty fighter. I was just going in there trying to engage and trying to get the round. I went in there, and not by any means did I try to hit him after the bell. That’s not my style. It was the heat of the moment. I looked to try and finish the fight or finish the combination. I believe in my eyes it wasn’t late. Can I stop my hands as it’s flying as the bell is ringing? No."

Responding to the claims that he intentionally threw a knee at his downed opponent at the end of the fight, Noons flip-flopped between explaining that it didn’t land and saying that he doesn’t remember throwing the strike at all.

"I wasn’t trying to aim for his head. I don’t even remember throwing a kick or a knee. I was just going. It’s a fight. I’m almost positive it grazed and hit his shoulder. If it hit his face, it would be pretty obvious," Noons said matter-of-factly. "As best I can remember, I’m almost positive it didn’t hit his head – not a direct knee. The ref stepped in and pushed me off.

Whether or not the knee actually connected, which isn’t conclusively proven by this gif, the intent was there.

It seems that  Noons’ shin or ankle connected with Gurgel’s face, which, regardless of the level of damage it caused is still in violation of the rules.

Just ask Paul Daley about being penalized for a shot that missed its mark.

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fatbellyfrank- August 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm
I just wanna see another Battle Royale between the Noon's and the Diaz's post fight, centre cage
kjnoonsdad- August 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm
miragliotta via standing sidechoke...forgot how much I love that last gif. He surely got robbed of submission of the night. on a sidenote, has anyone heard any updates on those oxygen cans kj and mo were tokin on between rounds?
ithertz- August 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm
So I'm assuming most of the people here think Jon Jones is a dirty fighter for landing 12 to 6 elbows on Matt Hamill....
Austin3210- August 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Really dont understand how people have been comparing the illegal knee to what Paul Daley did. They arent even in the same ballpark.
Häkkiperuna- August 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
I may be stupid and have a bad and short memory, but I don't recall a combination of strikes from Noons before that "late punch". Gurgel threw like 37 powerless strikes when Noons was ducked down. Then he got up, the bell rang and he threw the punch. I don't care enough to check, though.
Canadian Chronic- August 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm
"It was the heat of the moment. I looked to try and finish the fight or finish the combination."-KJ Noons-

With an illegal blow? No, thats not dirty at all.

Gurgels' a fool for standing and bangin tho
Reverend_Clint- August 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm
KJ isn't paul Daley dirty but that knee was uncalled for. If it had happened in a state that gave a shit about anything other than horse fucking and killing the retarded this would have been real bad.

The punch wasnt dirty since it was mid combo/flurry

The ref IMO is the one who needs to be taken care of.
Häkkiperuna- August 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm
Gurgel is stupid.
The referee was shitty.
Hendo is dirty. In the post-fight interview he admitted the second shot was to shut Bisping up. That's pretty dirty. I hate Bisping.
Kos doesn't poke that many eyes, he usually just fakes he's been poked. (which happened only twice, I think.)
Noons is a douche.
Noons vs Diaz rematch = Not interested. Noons vs Thomson or Melendez would be better. Or Noons vs Clay Guida with Herb Dean reffing. Most hair ever in an MMA fight.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm
When I was watching the fight I thought that he launched the punch at the end of the combo right before the bell and it just happened to land a moment after the bell sounded. It seemed like he almost didn't even know how bad he hurt him, he didn't even look at Gurgel on the way to his corner. Also nowhere does it say that kneeing another part of the body other than the head is illegal, ever. I don't see why more people don't do it other than the instability it causes making you open for a takedown. I'd knee you right on the middle of your collarbone as hard as I could to snap that shit. It won't knock somebody out but go ahead and try to use your arm effectively with a broken collarbone. I ended a fight once before it really got going from the bottom by digging down and grabbing a guy's collarbone and then twisting sideways as hard as I could. Just the threat and shock of somebody going for something so unusual changed his mind and I didn't even have to break it (he obviously wasn't a professional fighter, but still). I'm neutral on Noons, the kid comes to fight.
Fried Taco- August 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm
I don't consider the late punch or the knee as being dirty. But Noons yelling afterwards at Gurgel "That's how we do it in BOXING!" was dirty.
Clyde- August 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm
I'm with Frank Shamrock, that was clearly a legal knee. Gurgel was clearly stood upright. That's just MMA... under the rules when Shamrock was still relevant.

I'll give Noons the benefit on the hook at the end round 1. It was thrown at the bell and he was covering up so yeah, he may not have heard it anyway.

And it wasn't that the ref was indecisive in the stoppage, gurgel got knocked down, but was trying to get up and grab a leg. After he couldn't get it ate 2-3 smaller shots, the ref stepped in and stopped it. But that knee was illegal. Noons should not have thrown it and whether it landed or not, whether it was before or after the ref stepped in doesn't make much difference on the legality.

I will agree that the person most responsible for Gurgel's concussion, is Gurgel. Does Brock Lesnar try to win us over by doing a flying guard pull and subbing people with Gogoplata's? No. He wins by doing what he's good at. Jorge, I would be very entertained by seeing someone sub Noons. You're record in your "kick-boxing" (or MMA as it's also known) matches should tell you something; you are not a great kickboxer.
flyingogoplata- August 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm
I really wish people would lay off of Paul Daley. Poor guy thought Kos was getting attacked by a Fraggle and was just trying to knock it off his head. You'd think Kos would be grateful...
Turd Furgeson- August 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

Cool quote bro. Very true, very true.
Deadpanda- August 23, 2010 at 11:28 am
There's no good excuse for the knee at the end of the fight. But in every feed of the fight I've seen, Noons lands that last KO shot in the 1st before the bell & Gurgel is on his way to the mat by the time it rings.

Maybe my audio isn't synced up correctly but I've seen the fight on 4 different media players & in all of them, the punch is thrown & lands before the bell.
knucklesamitch- August 23, 2010 at 11:18 am
@Shane Darwin,

How are elbows to the head or 12 to 6 elbows even comparable to throwing a knee to the head of a downed opponent?

12 to 6 elbows ARE a STUPID rule, and Strikeforce not allowing elbows is purely their discision (and it's a fighters responsibility to know the rules of the org they are fighting in), but isn't "No knees to the head of a grounded opponent" a pretty universal US State Athletic commission rule? If that's true, there's no excuse.

Regardless of whether he is "dirty" or not, the blame is still 100% with the ref, he failed TWICE to get between fighters...Once at the bell to end the first, and 2nd when he was calling a stop to the fight.
RwilsonR- August 23, 2010 at 11:06 am
I think Hendo can be a dirty fighter. Especially back in the days when it was he and Lindland up there in Oregon. I don't remember exactly the source now since it was years ago, but he and Lindland used to talk about how it wasn't illegal if you could get away with it, and how they would use tactics like trying to bend back fingers and break small joints while the hands weren't visible while they were grappling with an opponent.

The late shot on Bisping would have seemed a lot worse if we all didn't hate Bisping. And Hendo wouldn't have beat Franklin if it weren't for some fouls, most notably the fingers in the eyes.
ScrambledEggs- August 23, 2010 at 10:54 am
KJ's not a dirty fighter. You recall anything from his past that would suggest this sort of stuff is a pattern?
You want to blame someone for the fiasco at the end of the fight blame Kerry Hatley the incompetent referee.
Even more so blame the Texas athletic commission for even letting Gurgel out for the 2nd rd. and assigning fools like Hatley and Jon Schorle to ref. Ridiculous.
Japanadian- August 23, 2010 at 10:50 am
@Shane Darwin, you know what dirty fighters do, throw punches clearly after the bell. It's not hard to stop what you were doing or pull your punches when the bell rings. If KJ can't hear the bell then he should talk to Matt Hamill.
Dirty Fighter - Cheick Kongo, purposely knees al-turk in the balls after taking a groin shot himself.
El Guapo- August 23, 2010 at 10:36 am
Yesterday? As in Sunday? No, no, no, the big dogs have the weekends off. Me, Mruss. Mruss, Me. You know, the big dogs.
Ballkick- August 23, 2010 at 10:34 am
A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
Never had any preconceptions of KJ Noons before this fight ,...but I do now.
Get Off Me- August 23, 2010 at 10:27 am
We covered this yesterday fairly comprehensively....lots of people repeating what has already been usual.

@Shane Darwin
Hendo a dirty fighter? That second shot on Bisping was not dirty, it's called a receipt for all the shit talk during TUF.
Koscheck, very dirty though, good example.
El Guapo- August 23, 2010 at 10:18 am
Thanks for tuning in, folks. We have Nick Diaz and KJ Noons on the line, who are set to square off at Strikefarce: The Last Hurrah. Nick, let's start with you, how are you feeling leading up to the fight?

Diaz:"That's a stupid question. It's like, how am I supposed to feel, you know. If I feel good... great, y'know. If not, that's not good."

Okaaaaaay. KJ, same question.

Noons:"What, my hair? I'm just gonna let it go and see what happens. Put a lil water in it, hope for the best."

Riiiiiiiiiight. I'm gonna hang up now.
ctownhood- August 23, 2010 at 10:13 am
Not to defend Noons, but if you watch, he actually looks at the ref following the if to say...."you wanna stop this, bro?". That ref should be forced to watch Jersey Shore for 2 weeks nonstop as punishment.
El Guapo- August 23, 2010 at 10:10 am
I wouldn't call Noons a dirty fighter. He threw a dirty knee, yes, but I wouldn't call him a dirty fighter. I know, I know, that doesn't make any damn sense, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

"Noons vs Diaz.. Last Call"

Shane Darwin- August 23, 2010 at 10:10 am
Noons is nowhere near a "dirty fighter". You know what dirty fighters do? Poke eyes (Kos), strike opponents when they are already knocked out (Henderson), etc.

Noons got carried away and disobeyed a very stupid rule. It's not any more "dirty" than Bones's elbows to Hamill, or a Strikeforce fighter forgetting elbows aren't allowed on the ground *in Strikeforce*.

A knee to the face when sitting isn't any more harmful than a knee to the face while standing. It's a freaking FIGHT, pansies.