K.J. Noons Says He'd Consider a Move to Welterweight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.19.2014
Now that he and Sam Stout fought at the weight...
K.J. Noons spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Sam Stout at TUF: Nations Finale. Check out the highlights:
On a potential move to 170: "I'd definitely consider it. Sometimes the weight cut is so tough, you just don't feel the same. I felt great in there. I was still around 170 for the fight and usually after cutting to 155, I'm like 175 to 180 because your body holds onto the water the next day."
On his and Stout's weight: "I saw him the day before weigh-ins," Noons said. "We met each other, and we saw that we were kind of the same weight, and we did not have that much weight to lose. He said, ‘Why kill ourselves? Why don't we put on a great fight and fight at what we would be at after weigh-ins anyway?' So I could tell I was different by not having to cut that weight. I felt great, I didn't feel bloated, and my body felt awesome. I feel at 170 like I feel at 155. I just feel healthier. You deplete your kidneys by cutting weight and dehydrate your heart. You never know. I personally think when you dehydrate so much – this isn't medical – but I feel like you can get knocked out easier because you can't recover as fast. We don't want people to be slurring because of head trauma and cutting weight."
On Stout: "I'm super pumped because he's just a tough opponent. He's got wars under his belt; I was ready for a war tonight. You always go for the finish. I expected to maybe knock him down a few times, maybe me get knocked down a few times, just a really long 15 minutes."
On feeling revitalized: "I'm down to bring Nick Diaz out of retirement for our rubber match. I feel like I'm back. I'm down for 170, I'm down for 155."