Fast striker, K.J. Noons was awarded with a K.O. win against lightweight Jorge Gurgel following a punch after the first round bell and an early illegal knee in the start of round two.

In Noons defense Gurgel was off of his feet, perhaps still rocked from the illegal punch at the end of round one. Noons did back off after knocking Gurgel down early in round two, but when Gurgel moved forward, Noons followed up with a viscous illegal knee to the face of Gurgel keeping him down.

Strikeforce commentators notably critiqued the referee for his indecisive lack of action.