In his MMA career, KJ Noons has scored eight knockout victories. As a former boxer, that isn’t too surprising.

What also isn’t too surprising is that Noons always enters the cage seeking a KO finish.

Noons (11-6) will face Donald Cerrone in May at UFC 160, and is seeking his first finish since a 2010 TKO over Jorge Gurgel. In his last five fights, the former EliteXC champion has posted just a 1-4 record.

“Getting a knockout is the ultimate way to win a fight, but a lot of times, when you’re looking for the knockout, you leave yourself open for different things,” said Noons, during a recent interview with “At this part of the game, I only want to fight the top notch guys, the top of the food chain. I’m not fighting any slouches.”

During his recent rough patch, Noons has lost to Ryan Couture via split decision and three unanimous decision defeats at the hands of Josh Thomson, Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz – all either former champions or No. 1 contenders in Strikeforce.

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