Round 1 - Keith Peterson calls this co-main event fight, which should determine the No. 1 contender in the Strikeforce lightweight division. They trade leg kick, and Thomson lands allying front kick. Somehow, Noons' is unaffected. More attacks to the legs for Thomson. Noons pressing with punches. Thomson goes for a scissor trip, Ryo Chonan style, then a spinning back kick. Both fail. Noons keeps pressing forward and contending with Thomson's kicks. Noons lands to the body but meets a counter hook to the head. Noons stalking forward with fingers outstretched. Thomson attempts to trip him to the mat. Thomson grabs a leg and trips the other. But Noons is already scrambling away. His attempt stalls because Thomson has his legs, but he's not giving up. Butt to the mat and back to the cage, he peppers Thomson's body with rabbit punches. Action stalls. Crowd restless. Thomson working to flatten Noons out. Noons gets driven to his back when he attempts to stand again, and Thomson is inching toward his back with a minute left on the clock. Noons turns to face Thomson, and gets shoved on his back. Thomson with short shots, but nothing with any oomph. Round ends with rabbit punches for Thomson. MMAjunkie.com scores the first frame for Thomson, 10-9. Audience unhappy with fight.
Round 2 - Noons resumes his pursuit as Thomson attacks the legs. Noons wants a clinch but Thomson is pushing him off. Noons begging for action. Thomson slips on a high kick and Noons lands on top. It's short-lived, as Thomson easily drives up and drives to the cage, where he deposits Noons on the mat. Again, it's a battle to stand. Noons motions to the ref, bored. Noons attempts to stand and fights off the possibility of Thomson taking his back. Stalemate. Thomson has his legs tied up with his, but that's about it. He finally flattens his foe out and works some short shots. Noons wraps Thomson out in guard. More short shots. The referee doesn't see enough and stands them up. Noons connects with an uppercut and chases Noons with more punches. Thomson hopes to keep distance with his legs. Noons with a few tough knees to the body. An awkward pause as a Thomson takedown fails. But eventually, Thomson goes back to his routine and drags down Noons. Thomson stands up, scooping Noons' legs, and lands a good punch. But things stall again; Noons has his head locked up. Round ends with boos showering the cage. MMAjunkie.com scores the second frame 10-9 for Thomson due to his time on top.
Round 3 - Noons again pushing the action with punches, going to the body, as Thomson circles back. In an instant, Thomson executes a slick trip and manages to cinch in an arm triangle choke. Noons fighting the hold, but it looks very deep. Noons somehow manages to roll out of danger, but Thomson still has his neck and won't let go. Noons almost to his stomach, and Thomson working to take the back. But it's a very slow moving sequence, too slow for this crowd. Noons finally explodes and rolls, but Thomson is still on top and drops elbows from half-guard. Hammerfists for Thomson. He's going to win this fight unless something crazy happens. Short elbows land with regularity for "The Punk." Noons can't escape other than to shrimp away. Thomson posts against the cage and lands a few shots. Noons sits up, and here we have the same thing again. 30 seconds to go, and the two are almost boxing from a seated position. Thomson stands and lands a few knees to the body against the cage. Thomson takes the third and final frame, 10-9, and the fight 30-27. A dominant, if cautious performance for the former champ. Josh Thomson def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)