Former EliteXC lightweight champ KJ Noons may not have been in the mood to grant Nick Diaz a rematch immediately after upsetting his bitter rival back in November 2007, but it appears the boxer/MMA fighter is good to go now.
“I’m super excited about the opportunity, and I think it’s a great thing for me,” Noons stated. “To be in the Strikeforce main event on Showtime, to be in line to be a two-time, two-division world champion, and getting to beat Nick again in the process … I couldn’t ask for a better fight.”
Noons surprisingly dominated Diaz in their first outing, dropping him with a right hand and landing a knee to the grill that opened up a gash on Diaz’s forehead. A disappointed Diaz immediately left the arena, but not before he flipped off the cage-side doctor that opted to call the bout after the 1stRound.
It’s a fact Noons refuses to let his mortal enemy forget.
“I already got one up on Nick. I beat the crap out of the guy,” he matter-of-factly stated. “He’s had a good run, and there’s a lot of build-up for this rematch. We’ve both improved, this is a different weight class now, he’s gotten better, I’ve gotten better … it’s a different situation.
“But at the end of the day, I’m a true mixed martial artist, I have respect for the sport, and I am a good role model.”
If you are in fact the anti-Sir Charles, what does that make the reigning Strikeforce welterweight champ then?
“Nick’s good for entertainment, but I come from a family of fighters,” Noons shared. “I started early, and I have respect for martial arts. It teaches you discipline, how to become a good person, and I feel that I am. On October 9th, I’m fighting a guy that, if I had a kid, I wouldn’t want him looking up to. He’s a trash-talking, pot-smoking chump.”
Despite the fact their original meeting took place many moons ago, and that Diaz has taken more bong rips than Cheech and Chong combined, the Stockton, CA native still can’t seem to forget about the controversial defeat. Diaz will have a slight edge heading into their mulligan, as the lightweight will be forced to jump up in weight to compete for Diaz’s 170-pound strap.
“It’s motivation for sure, I love being the underdog,” said Noons. “This is beyond a grudge match. He’s going to have to kill me to lose. It’s very personal. I’m going to light him up like a Christmas tree.”
HO! HO! HO!