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No Deal

Written by Tom Ngo
January 15th, 2009
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Former EliteXC lightweight champion KJ Noons quickly dispelled rumors that he was close to signing a contract with the UFC. As recently as Tuesday, MMA forums went wild stating that the All-American kid was set to take on Melvin Guillard inside of the Octagon.

“It would be a great match-up, but those are all rumors,” Noons said when reached by MMAjunkie.com. “I don’t know how they get started.”

Noons was stripped of his EliteXC title in October after he refused to sign the fight contract to rematch Nick Diaz. Noons already holds a win over Diaz and felt that facing him again wouldn’t be in his best interest.

The fight that Noons had asked EliteXC for was actually against Eddie Alvarez, but the only fight he was offered was against Diaz. With a win over Alvarez, Noons thought that it would at least move him up in the lightweight rankings, but EliteXC didn’t give him the fight.

Since having his title taken away, EliteXC is now on the cusp of extinction, and Noons has been concentrating on his first love, boxing, although he does expect to be fighting MMA again in 2009.

“I’ve got to do both,” he said. “That’s one of my top priorities. I want to be the first person to hold the title in two sports.”

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