Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz is regarded as one of MMA’s best Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners. Although his stand-up game has evolved nicely over the last several years, it was a foregone conclusion he would take KJ Noons to the canvas on Saturday night.
Instead, Diaz opted to go toe-to-toe with the former boxer and methodically picked Noons apart. He used his infamous potshots to earn a (48-47, 49-47, 49-46) unanimous decision victory in front of the pro-Diaz audience.
“No offense or disrespect since it’s all over with. I’ll beat this guy on the ground or standing up,” Diaz matter-of-factly stated after collecting his eighth straight W. “I just want to show the world my skills. This is mixed martial arts out here.”
“It’s hard not to go for the takedown. It makes me look really bad, as if I need to do that. I’ll beat this guy in a boxing match, but I’ll also tap him out on the ground.”
The controversial grappler bumped his record to an impressive 23-7 (1 NC) en route to retaining his crown. Although he wasn’t able to post a finish on Saturday night inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, 19 of his wins have come before the final horns have sounded.
Although Noons was visibly upset after the unfavorable verdict was rendered, the 27-year-old remained classy in defeat.
“He beat me fair and square. Good job,” he humbly said. “Whatever the fans want to see. I’ll either do it again [and complete a trilogy with Nick] or work my way back up.”