After taking a break from mixed martial arts to pursue professional boxing, former Elite XC lightweight Champion K. J. Noons was poised to make his mixed martial arts return at Strikeforce: Miami on January 30. A rumored fight between Noons and undefeated Billy Evangelista never materialized leaving the fighter without an opponent.
In a report today from MMAWeekly, Noons confirmed that it appears he will not be fighting January 30, but remains on standby should the situation change.
As of this report the January 30 Strikeforce event has just two fights confirmed by the promotion. The complete Strikeforce: Miami January 30 card is listed below.
- Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (for the Strikeforce welterweight title)
- Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marloes Coenen (for women’s 145lb title)
- Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef***
- Bobby Lashley vs. TBA
- Herschel Walker vs. TBA