K.J. Noons is no stranger to mid-fight trash talk.
So needless to say, it wasn't that surprising to see the 29-year-old jawing back and forth with Billy Evangelista in the heat of the pair's Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal bout. Though the conversation probably went a little differently than you'd expect.
In the aftermath of the post-fight press conference, Noon's revealed the amusing subject matter of the exchange (via MMA Weekly):
It seems like a lot of my fights, we're always talking in the ring, but this one wasn't s*** talking this time. I think he felt like it was close.
The last 30 seconds, he said, "Let's just stand and bang and give the fans a fight."
And I said, "Really?"
He said, "Yeah."
He goes, "No takedowns."
I said, "You promise?"
He said, "I promise."
I said "OK."
The two proceeded to throw caution to the wind for the final thirty seconds of what was an exciting back-and-forth fight. Ultimately Noons earned the judge's nod by a unanimous tally of 29-28, snapping a two-fight losing streak in the process.
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