Ryan Couture vs. KJ Noons booked for Strikeforce’s Jan. show
The son of a legend gets one last fight before he is considered to enter the promotion his father helped make famous. The path is no easy one either. While only six fights into his professional career, Ryan Couture has made progressive jumps in the level of his competition. He hopes one day to be a champion, but a former Elite XC champion will look to quell that fire. Noons has had his chance to fight for a 170 title in Strikeforce as well as earn a shot for the 155 belt. He has the talent, but he has been unable to capture the gold so far. Both fighters need to make a big impression in this fight to earn them a contract in the UFC. It’s highly unlikely the promotion has room for both fighters.
Couture is a name Dana White would love to have back in his promotion, but going into MMA Randy’s son made sure not to ride on his father’s coattails. He started off by having an actual amateur career, and combined with his professional career he is 10-2-1. While a loss to Matt Ricehouse slowed his momentum wins over Joe Duarte and Conor Heun have shown that he could be a legitimate threat to the top of 155. Noons will be his biggest win to date, but he has to beat him first to earn the credit.
Noons entered Strikeforce with a chip on his shoulder and was intent on facing Nick Diaz. He got his wish after two wins in the organization, but he had to go to 170 to do so. While he lasted five rounds he was not able to have the success over the Stockton brawler he did back in 2007. That loss set a precedent for the boxer as he went 1-2 in his next three bouts. He had losses to top contenders Jorge Masvidal and Josh Thompson sandwiched around a win over Billy Evangelista. A loss here could ensure him not moving to the UFC as the fate of many fighters hang in the balance. So, to secure his career a future he needs a win over a big name like Couture.