NameKarl James Noons
NicknameK.J. / King Karl
AssociationThe Arena / City Boxing
Weight ClassLightweight (155 lbs.)
Height5′ 10″ (177 cm)
StyleSanshou, Muay Thai, Boxing
Birth DateDecember 7, 1982
Fighting Out OfSan Diego, California
CountryUSA
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”’Karl James “KJ” Noons”’ is an American mixed martial artist and boxer who currently competes in the Lightweight division. He is the former EliteXC Lightweight Champion and holds notable wins over Harris Sarmiento, Nick Diaz, and Yves Edwards. He is currently signed with Strikeforce.

He is coached by Rob Garcia and trains at The Arena, the famous San Diego MMA gym, along with Diego Sanchez, Rani Yahya, Fabricio Camoes, Xande Ribeiro, Joe Duarte, and many other professional fighters.

== Professional Record ==

Record11 – 6 – 0 (Win â€Â“ Loss â€Â“ Draw)
Wins8 (T)KOs
0 Submissions
2 Decisions
Losses1 (T)KOs
1 Submissions
4 Decisions
ResultOpponentMethodEvent TitleDateRoundTimeNotes
LossRyan CoutureDecision (Split)Strikeforce Marquardt vs Saffiedine1/12/201335:00
LossJosh ThomsonDecision (Unanimous)Strikeforce Tate vs Rousey3/3/201235:00
WinBilly EvangelistaDecision (Unanimous)Strikeforce Melendez vs Masvidal12/17/201135:00
LossJorge MasvidalDecision (Unanimous)Strikeforce Overeem vs Werdum6/18/201135:00
LossNick DiazDecision (Unanimous)Strikeforce Diaz vs Noons II10/09/201055:00For Strikeforce Welterweight Championship (Welterweight bout)
WinJorge GurgelTKO (Punches)Strikeforce Houston8/21/201021:09
WinConor HeunDecision (Split)Strikeforce Los Angeles6/16/201035:00Originally slated to face Charles Bennett in a re-match; Catchweight bout (160 lbs.)
WinAndre AmadeDecision (Unanimous)DREAM 133/22/201025:00Catchweight bout (72 kg)
WinYves EdwardsTKO (Punches and Elbows)EliteXC The Return of the King6/14/200810:48Defended EliteXC Lightweight Championship; Stripped of title for not defending it
WinNick DiazTKO (Cuts)EliteXC Renegade11/10/200715:00Won first-ever EliteXC Lightweight Championship
WinJames Edson BertoKO (Knee)ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series7/27/200730:45
LossCharles BennettKO (Punch)EliteXC Destiny2/10/200713:43
WinHarris SarmientoTKO (Punches)Icon Sport: Opposites Attract10/28/200534:37
WinBryson KamakaKO (Head Kick)Superbrawl: Icon7/23/200511:20
WinMalik WilliamsTKOSB 39: Destiny4/29/200512:33
LossBuddy ClintonSubmission (Heel Hook)REF: Renegades Extreme Fighting10/12/200210:25
WinRaul GuerraTKO (Corner Stoppage)REF: Renegades Extreme Fighting10/12/20022N/A

== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
Raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Noons started in martial arts at the age of 5 years old with Grand Master Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate in Kona. He was the first Ed Parker student in the State of Hawaii to earn a junior black belt at the age of 11. Before the age of 13 he had won numerous tournaments nationwide in both Kumite (contact fighting) and Kata (forms). At the age of 10 K.J. started Boxing with Golden Gloves. At the age of 12, he started Kickboxing with Rudy Valentinos gym in Hawaii, boxing and competing full contact. At age 15 K.J. Noons then started to train in Muay Thai kickboxing, and at age 17, fought for the ISKA Super Middleweight International belt and won. In 2001 he was invited to China to represent the United States in U.S. vs China, San Shou rules.

Since then KJ Noons has won US Open International Middleweight Championship, and Art of War Middleweight Championship. Shortly after making it to the semi finals 2004 Olympic trial, K.J. Noons turned pro in Boxing. He also has competed in professional Mixed Martial Arts bouts.

In 2005, Noons won the PRIDE Fighting Championship’s auditions as the best striker. However, he reached an impasse with the group when it came to signing a contract.

=== EliteXC Career ===
In 2006, Noons signed a deal with promoter Gary Shaw that allowed him to participate in both boxing and mixed martial arts. He was defeated by Charles Bennett in EliteXC‘s inaugural event in February 2007, but rebounded with a win over James Edson Berto at the first ShoXC event. He then fought Nick Diaz for the vacant Lightweight (160 lbs.) title at EliteXC. The two fighters exchanged somewhat evenly on the feet except for the occasion Diaz was dropped by a straight right counterpunch from Noons. KJ repeatedly stuffed most of Diaz’s takedown attempts except for two in the entire round, and opened a cut below Diaz’s eyebrow with a knee whilst Diaz shot earlier in the round. Diaz lost via doctor stoppage due to multiple cuts on his forehead. On June 14th, 2008 Noons defeated MMA veteran Yves Edwards in Noons’ home state of Hawaii to defend his EliteXC Lightweight belt.

During the post-fight interviews, Nick Diaz was brought into the cage with his brother Nate Diaz. After Nick spoke over the microphone to Noons, Karl Noons, KJ’s father, lunged at him prompting Nate Diaz to throw a water bottle at him. The Diaz brothers were quickly escorted out of the cage by a group of security staff. During interviews the next day Nick claimed Karl was intoxicated and overreacting. Meanwhile Karl claimed his incident was prompted by the thrown bottle. Video replay of the event showed Nate throwing the bottle after Karl jumped at Nick.

The bout between the two was scheduled to take place between August and October of that year, but Noons would not agreed to a rematch with Diaz after their altercation. Noons and his management believed that Diaz was not, in fact, the number one contender for the title, believing others deserved a shot before he did.

On September 18, 2008, EliteXC stripped Noons of his lightweight belt for not defending his title. Jeremy Lappen, head of Fight Operations at EliteXC, commented:

: “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt holders who refuse to fight the top contenders. We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have.”

Shortly after, EliteXC closed its doors, and stopped operations.

=== Post-EliteXC ===
In February 2009, Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker offered Noons a fight with then-Strikeforce 155 lb. Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson, which he turned down in order to focus on his boxing career. His last boxing match was a fight at 159 Lbs. on March 21st of 2009 against Detroit native James Countryman. Karl was outclassed in the fight losing to Countryman by a unanimous 6 round decision. That left “King Karl” with a professional boxing record of 8 -2 . Five wins by way of Knockout.

Noons then said that he expected to return to mixed martial arts in late 2009, most likely for Strikeforce, and this news was backed up by Noons signing with the promotion in December of 2009.

=== Strikeforce Career ===
When it was announced that Noons had been signed to a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, it was rumored that he could make his debut as early as December 19, 2009 at Strikeforce Evolution, though it was more likely that he’d be returning to mixed martial arts action in January, at an event planned for Sunrise, Florida. Only a few days after the announcement, Noons came out to publicly state that he expected to return on the January card, and though he was not calling out Nick Diaz, he was open to a potential rematch. Though a rematch seemed unlikely, as Diaz, in his most recent fights at the time, had fought at catchweights of 179 lbs.

It was rumored that Noons would face off against Billy Evangelista on January 30, 2010 on the Strikeforce Miami card, but when Evangelista was injured, the bout was scrapped and Noons was put on stand-by, incase he were needed to fill in another spot, which he wasn’t.

With Strikeforce and DREAM having a partnership, Noons was loaned out to DREAM for their DREAM 13 event, where he faced off against Andre Amade. The bout was his first fight since leaving the sport back in 2008. Both fighters failed to make weight, coming in a few pounds over, so the bout became a catchweight bout of 72 kg. Noons stalked his opponent to a Decision (Unanimous) win, marking his first win in MMA since defending his EliteXC Lightweight title back in 2008.

Noons was supposed to return to Strikeforce on June 26, 2010 at Strikeforce Los Angeles to face off against Charles Bennett in a re-match of their 2007 fight that took place under the EliteXC banner. Unfortunately, for undisclosed reasons, Bennett was taken off the card and replaced by Conor Heun. It was later learned that Bennett had signed to fight on an Action Fight League event shortly before the Strikeforce event, leading many to believe this was the reason that Bennett had been taken off the card. The fight Heun was changed to a Catchweight of 160 lbs., and opened up the event’s televised bouts. The two battled back and forth for three straight round, both fighters having their moments, but it was Noons who was awarded a hard-fought Decision (Split) win with scores of 27-30, 29-28 and 29-28.

Noons’ next appearance with Strikeforce took place on August 21, 2010 at Strikeforce Houston against UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel. Noons used crisper striking to win the first round and in only 19 seconds of the second round, caught his opponent with another pinpoint combination putting Gurgel again on the canvas. As Noons looked to the referee to stop the fight (he declined), he unleashed a barrage of strikes destined to end the fight. There was a bit of controversy to the fight, as Noons hit Gurgel with a left hook after the bell rang to signal the end of the first round and also hit Gurgel with an illegal left knee just prior to the stoppage.

With the win, Strikeforce next chose Noons’ opponent to be Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz in a re-match of their 2007 fight. Though Noons had been competing entirely at Lightweight, the bout was for Diaz’s Welterweight title. The fight took place at Strikeforce Diaz vs Noons II on October 9, 2010. In the end, Diaz walked away the victor, avenging his loss, by simply out-boxing his opponent, and winning by Decision (Unanimous) with scores of 48-47, 49-47 and 49-46 for his first successful Strikeforce title defense.

== Championships and Accomplishments ==
* ISKA International Super Middleweight Champion (Muay Thai)
* US Open Middleweight Champion
* Art of War Middleweight Champion
* 2005 Won PRIDE Fighting Championships auditions for “Best Striker” (Mixed Martial Arts)
* 2007 First-ever EliteXC Lightweight Champion (Mixed Martial Arts)