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Noons issues explosive response to Diaz’s camp and reveals title match vs. Edwards is in the works during new exclusive interview

1011_hkgkmizzoe_medium1.jpgIn an exclusive interview with ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) on Wednesday afternoon, EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons fired back at the camp of Nick Diaz following a post on the web site GracieFighter.com that accuses Noons of turning down a proposed rematch against Niaz on April 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

GracieFighter.com, which is operated by Diaz’s long-time trainer, Cesar Gracie, posted the following:

KJ Noons has refused a rematch with Nick Diaz. Noons won the EliteXC title after defeating Diaz by doctor’s stoppage due to a cut. Diaz subsequently went in for plastic surgery after a specialist determined that the sharpness of the bones above his eyes would lead to more cuts and make it impossible for him to pursue a successful MMA career. The surgery was a complete success.

EliteXC suggested a rematch just as the UFC had when Vitor Belfort defeated Randy Couture for their title due to a cut, however KJ and his camp have now responded that they do not want anything to do with a rematch. Diaz will still be fighting at the event against another EliteXC fighter, most likely Muhsin Corbbrey (6-2).

Noons, normally calm and reserved, had already read the comments when contacted by ProElite.com and took great issue with the claims made by Diaz’s camp. They are claims he categorically disputed.

“First of all, I don’t dodge anybody,” Noons stated in an uncharacteristic stern tone. “Whoever is the best, I want to fight them. As champion, you can’t decline who you want to fight. You only have one option as to who you’re going to fight, and that’s the best. Whoever the best is, that’s who I have to fight. In regard to a rematch with Nick, that would be a great pay day for me. Unfortunately, he’s not the best.”

Noons continued to rebut GracieFighter.com’s statements, claiming that he has no incentive to dodge a rematch with Diaz because he considers it an “easy pay day.” He indicated that he felt if anyone was entitled to a rematch, he deserved one against Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett stemming from a knockout loss during EliteXC’s first-ever show last February.

“As for Nick, of course he’s going to get a rematch in the future,” Noons commented. “They created a weight division for this guy (and) he’s such a big crybaby. Eventually they are going to be able to rebuild him and of course he’s going to get a rematch but he’s not the best right now. So I’d love an easy pay day. If he deserves a rematch right now, what about my rematch with Krazy Horse? I’d love a rematch with Krazy Horse and I’ve won a few fights so I think I’m more deserving than someone like Diaz in regards to getting a rematch right now. As far as declining the fight, I don’t decline fights. You don’t get an option as champion to decline a fight. You’re only option is to fight the best.”

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35 COMMENTS
  • Matador says:

    He’s got a point…a W is a W
    Diaz has got to work his way back up.

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    Noons knows he will get his f*cking ass kicked if he faces Diaz again. Diaz had a legit reason for stoppage. He did not lose.

    Diaz=gracie jiu-jitsu black belt. Noon is a chick sh*t. And so are you Rashad LOLOLOL.

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    Rashad ran his mouth on the other post. Seems like a common theme around here with wimps talking crap and then running away.

    Diaz brothers kick ass. Nate is submitting people left and right. You gotta love it.

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  • Rashad #1 says:

    Ya Nate has been submitting low level competition.. good for him… Nick diaz is overrated.. Noons says it the best ”I want to fight the best… right now Diaz isnt the best” … More honest words were never spoken

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  • Rashad #1 says:

    Maybe Diaz should give Mike Aina a rematch I am sure he is looking for revenge on that “robbery”

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  • Matador says:

    Exactly Rashad

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  • Sergio says:

    “Diaz=gracie jiu-jitsu black belt.”

    And that means about jack shit without the wins to back it up.

    Face it, your GJJ black belt got demolished in the stand-up and couldn’t take it to the ground to save his life.

    Noons would have caused permanent damage to Mid-Level Diaz had the fight continued.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Nick has the most loyal, unrealistic, stuck in denial nutthuggers around.

    Nick didn’t really deserve the win he got before KJ and he got his ass handed to him by KJ.

    Now everyone will say he starts out slow and blah, blah, blah. Well, if you traditionally start slow and have a tendency to cut easily, why wouldn’t you change up your gameplan a little??

    I like Nick, but damn, be realistic. Don’t act like graciefighter.com is some neutral news source, lol.

    Sorry, but in no way is this a coward move by KJ. He signed to fight Yves, who is more dangerous than Nick right now. That is a fight I would prefer to see and Yves is more deserving at this point.

    Nick is very young still, let him get back to his old exciting ways and then let’s see the rematch.

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  • Rich says:

    oh great…

    JJ guy is back!

    i thought you were done w/ this site for good??

    anyway..

    rashad & Sergio,
    Nick was obviously sick for the fight w/ Aina.. which makes it EVEN WEIRDER to me that Aina didn’t push the pace more and finish it.. i guess that’s something Aina’s going to have to live with..

    at 100% Nick would sub Aina.. or AT LEAST get a more dominant decision..

    i don’t see why there’s so many Diaz Bro.’s haters..

    ya, rashad.. nate’s been sub’ing low level competition??

    nice to know some one coming off a total domination of Jorge Gurgel [Alvin Robinson] is low-level competition.. oh.. and apparently someone who dominated everyone on the show and just sub’d Nate Mohr in 1 min. [Manny Gamburyan] is low-level competition too.. same for Junior Assuncao??

    every one of those fights was tough.. and he pulled through in all of them..

    thus, your statement was stupid..

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  • Rich says:

    now…

    once Yves beats Noons… maybe then Diaz can face Noons… and then, after beating him.. get his title shot..

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  • bjjdenver says:

    As for Nate, I will admit, he has progressed better and faster than I thought he would. However…

    Alvin is 1-2 in the UFC and beating down Gurgel is not a big, big win.

    Manny was on his way to winning, then incurred a freak mishap/injury that was not caused by Nate. It is a win, but you can hardly count that for or against Nate.

    Junior was impressive.

    Kurt Pelligrino is definitely a step up though, and should be a good measuring stick of where Nate sits amongst the UFC LWs.

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  • Sergio says:

    “Nick was obviously sick for the fight w/ Aina.. which makes it EVEN WEIRDER to me that Aina didn’t push the pace more and finish it.. i guess that’s something Aina’s going to have to live with..”

    I actually haven’t seen that fight and unlike a lot of MMA fans, I won’t comment on something I haven’t seen first-hand.

    I was just commenting on the Noons fight and how Diaz was completely dominated.

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  • bubbfat says:

    Don’t you find it funny how he only wants to fight the best, but wants the rematch with Bennett. Diaz beat one of the best in Gomi, probably after huffin’ a doob. Who the hell has Noons fought that is even close to one of the best. To me it just sounds like Noons is trying to justify duckin’ the guy.
    I really hope Edwards beats him, HE deserves it.

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  • Rashad #1 says:

    Rich when the hell did Diaz sub Gamburyan? If it wasnt for a pre-existing shoulder injury he wouldnt have won that fight.. and im sorry that I didnt see someone beating Jorge Gurgel as top level competition.. I didnt realize that someone like Gurgel who can’t fight a smart gameplan worth his life was a valid measuring stick.. we’ll see what happens after Pellegrino.. if Diaz wins that in impressive fashion then that will be his best win to date in the UFC.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    JJG is back! Off the psychotropics and back in blogosphere for more barking at the moon!

    The “legit reason” for the stoppage was Noon’s stand up. In other words, he won, and he beat Diaz to get the win. Stop whining about your man crush and get over it.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Diaz may have great jiu jitsu but the guy’s wrestling is what lost him the Noons fight. He doesn’t have great power in his punches and his takedown attempts were downright lousy and completely telegraphed.

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  • Accomando says:

    “…Seems like a common theme around here with wimps talking crap and then running away….”

    Say Jui Jistsu Gay, who then ran away.

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  • Zack says:

    Eh, the stoppage was shaky in my opinion. Scar tissue bleeding is different than big gaping wounds. If Diaz said he could see and continue, I say let him fight.

    That said, he was getting beaten pretty badly, and I didn’t think it was going to get any better.

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  • Tony Fennen says:

    Noons is more crazy then crazy horse.
    Why would he want to fight a knuckle head like Bennett? So he got knocked out…big deal! If Noons fights Bennett again and gets ko’ed again crazy horse will sell the belt at a pawn shop.
    I like crazy horse…he is a character but he is in no way better then Diaz (nate or nick).

    I agree that I hope Noons loses to Edwards…. Edwards vs Nick Diaz will be a good fight.

    Honestly…. I dont like Noons anymore. Dude gets a belt and thinks he’s “The Best”
    Noons is just HOLDING… He has yet to DEFEND the belt!
    I will change my tune if he wins a few in a row….

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    KJ Noons resume does not impress me at all. This idiot has 6 wins and he is some MMA god? Diaz is the more accomplished fighter, period.

    Don’t act like the champ from this second rate league can demand the best. He is not the best, at all. Diaz is better than him and he knows it.

    That said, I don’t blame him for being a chicksh*t and turning it down. Probably not his choice and rematches for a second rate league like EliteXC doesn’t sound like a good way to go when starting out.

    Second rate champ from a second rate league. That is KJ Noons. 6 wins LOLOLOL.

    AND YOU BETTER RESPECT Nate because he is the sh*t and will prove it.

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  • Zern says:

    Whoever thinks Aina won that fight is retarded, I am a Cesar Gracie student and I am a huge Nick fan, but I am also very realistic. The two cuts he had against Gomi were way worse than the ones Noons gave him, but that won’t be a problem anymore because the surgery went perfectly and he had all the scar tissue removed, which should alleviate those glancing punches that would slice him open. I do think Nick needs to win a fight before he gets another shot, but I think know Nick is gonna kill that kid in a rematch, KJ Noons is a good fighter who had a great night, and I can guarantee in the rematch that won’t happen again, Nick will simply pull guard and sweep instead of trying to get him down, and thats all she wrote…

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  • Rashad #1 says:

    Hey Jiu-Jitsu guy at least Noons is champion of something.. last time I checked Diaz had a piece of rope holding his pants up…

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    You tell em Zern. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu rocks and they all know it.

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    Paper champion with 6 wins over no name fighters. Diaz will destroy him next time. You have no idea because you don’t know the game.

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    I was mistaken, Noons is a coward. The story said he turned it down, which makes him a yellow belly (AKA chicken).

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I love it! More barking at the moon! You go, JJG!

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  • Ian says:

    Diaz needs to be less concerned with other people dodging fights, and more concerned with his own inability to dodge knees to the face on his pathetic shoot attempts. He couldn’t trade with, or take the fight to the ground with Noons.

    At some point you have to just say, nice fight. He deserved it.

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  • Sergio says:

    Why should Diaz get an automatic rematch when a worthy contender in Edwards just won via an amazing KO?

    Let Diaz get a win before we start talking title shot.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    “Paper champion with 6 wins over no name fighters. Diaz will destroy him next time. You have no idea because you don’t know the game.”

    Diaz needs to be worried about Muhsin Corbbrey and Muhsin Corbbrey only. If he takes Muhsin lightly, he could be on his way to two losses in a row. Believe that.

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  • bubbfat says:

    Amen on both points brother Morgan

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  • Rich says:

    Rashad,
    “Rich when the hell did Diaz sub Gamburyan? If it wasnt for a pre-existing shoulder injury he wouldnt have won that fight”

    first of all… Manny DID tap and that went down on Nate’s record as a sub.. no it wasn’t an armbar or a triangle… but he tapped..

    and second of all.. whenever Manny does EARN that fight w/ Nate again [as Nate puts it].. he will lose.. Nate IMO was caught off guard by the aggressiveness and power of Manny and won’t make the same mistakes.. he will win if they rematch..

    and i would just like to say…

    i don’t know if Nick’s been smokin’ too much weed lately or what… but in his fights w/ Noons and Aina.. [although, he admitted to being sick during the Aina fight... i mean, he flew all the way to Hawaii in one day] he looked very sluggish.. slow.. and un-energetic.. all i’m saying.. is when he’s performing at his best.. he’s unstoppable [see Gomi fight].. so.. he just needs to keep it together.. and he shouldn’t have a problem w/ Noons…

    but… i just hoping he’s training dilligently for Corbbrey..

    AND I CAN’T WAIT TIL YVES GETS THE TITLE.. talk about a guy who’s deserved a LW title since his days in the UFC… he just had bad luck in the UFC.. he’d get right to the top and lose.. he did it about twice.. i think he finally lost the streak of bad luck.. and will beat some KJ Noons ass..

    unpredictability, thug-jitsu, amazing striking, and the most well-rounded LW out there IMO… It’s Yves’ time..

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  • CrashStitches says:

    JJG said: “Second rate champ from a second rate league. That is KJ Noons. 6 wins LOLOLOL.”

    Then what does that make Nick? Noons ate Nick’s lunch, barfed it up, and made him eat it. Nick looked like a horror flick, and he couldn’t do shit in the fight except eat a striking buffet. And I picked Diaz to destroy the kid.

    Looks like you’re the one who doesn’t know the game.

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  • Rich says:

    what’s up w/ the references to food??

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  • cyphron says:

    The only notable fight Nick Diaz has beat of late is Gomi. What does that say about Gomi?

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  • Nick can’t take noons down and cant stand with him at this point in his career so it is a bad match up for him. I think they both create this controversy and build it up as long as both keep winning they will make a bigger payday for themselves. Noons doesn’t need the money nick does so he wants to wait for a bigger payday down the road. Nuff said.

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