Diaz vs. Noons rematch likely to take place on July 26 in Stockton, Calif.

52226_ztgedxomla_vlarge.jpgThe website GracieFighter.com has revealed that a planned welterweight title bout between Hayato Sakurai and Nick Diaz that had been scheduled for July 21 in Osaka, Japan during DREAM.5, has been canceled by EliteXC.

GracieFighter.com, a site owned and operated by Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, indicated that EliteXC made the decision to cancel the bout due to “contractual obligations.”

While no official announcement has been made, multiple sources have informed Five Ounces of Pain that rematch between Diaz and K.J. Noons for Noons’ EliteXC lightweight title is expected to be added to the promotion’s next primetime broadcast on CBS on July 26.

Sources have also indicated that plans to hold “Unfinished Business” in St. Louis have been scrapped and that the July 26 show is now likely to be held in at the Stockton Arena in Diaz’s hometown of Stockton, Calif.

According to an unnamed source, it’s considered likely that the event is being moved from St. Louis due to a concern that several major sporting events are already scheduled to take place in the city during a close proximity to the July 26 event.

One of the chief concerns in hosting the event in St. Louis is that there is a large Monster Truck rally that already has had tickets on-sale for an extended period of time. The belief is that due the concentration of events taking place around that same time period that ticket sales might suffer.

By moving the event to Stockton, EliteXC will be able to capitalize on the local drawing power of not only Diaz, but Jake Shields as well, who is scheduled to compete for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title vs. an unnamed opponent.

EliteXC: Unfinished Business will headlined by a EliteXC middleweight title rematch between incumbent Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith.

36 COMMENTS
  • fightfan says:

    Wow. Diaz cries and whines and motherfucks everyone and everything and gets preferential treatment. Shaw is the biggest douche. Act like an idiot and what do you get?? An UNdeserving title shot and in your hometown AND Isnt this on CBS fight night???(NOT SURE)

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  • Two Toes says:

    Lol @ not being able to compete against monster trucks… sad.

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  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Three… possibly four, title fights on this card. Are they setting out to make a card longer than the first CBS show.

    EliteXC, you so crazy.

    Happy Birthday me!

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  • [...] face off against KJ Noons for their second fight, and are probably moving the event from St Louis to Stockton, California. If you’re wondering how Diaz is going to fight for EliteXC on July 26th when he’s [...]

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  • KneeToTheFace says:

    Nick wants to fight good people and he drops his Sakurai fight to go against KJ Noons? What a joke.

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  • Punishark says:

    Scott Smith (Elk Grove) can be considered local, too. This location makes lots of sense, especially if the local rags and television stations push the “local boy makes good” angle. Look how well Arco drew for Urijah Faber’s title defense (12000+).

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  • eazye says:

    You can’t compare Urijah Faber in Sacramento to Shields, Smith and Diaz in Stockton for one simple reason: Zuffa was behind Faber and made an unbelievable hype machine; EXC probably could care less, as long as they make money

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  • matt says:

    What weight class will they fight at?

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  • JOe K. says:

    HAHA….

    One of the chief concerns in hosting the event in St. Louis is that there is a large Monster Truck rally that already has had tickets on-sale for an extended period of time.

    Stereotypes are hilarious!

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  • Patrick says:

    Whatever weight Diaz shows up at obviously.

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  • Diaz is going to get whipped up on in front of his boys. This is going to be great. I have no respect for either of the Diaz boys. They are not “misunderstood” just a couple of wanna be thugs from the burbs ! The CBS card is rounding out nicely though. There are more quality match-ups as opposed to the first freak show they trotted out. It’s not a bad play for EXC to hold it in stockton either. With a short notice show you have to market it right.

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  • matt says:

    I don’t like that they are rewarding Diaz.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Weight? Noons will be at 160 and Diaz will be somewhere under 200.

    You don’t mess with Monster Trucks, lol.

    Like Diaz or not, he probably is next in line. The fiasco in the cage was as much his brothers and the Icon guys fault as it was his, and I didn’t like it.

    They need to get their decent fighters on TV, so I can’t complain to much.

    This is a much higher publicity fight for Diaz, so i can’t fault him for dropping off the Dream card.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Interesting point about hosting the fights in Stockton and whether that compares to Faber in Sacramento. One of the problems will be how to hype Diaz. Faber was easier because of his All American looks and “good guy” image. People who didn’t know that much about MMA were more likely to show up out of community pride. Diaz doesn’t fit that mold, and hyping him as a thug or gangster won’t help with casual fans. If my perception of the local guy is that he’s obnoxious, I won’t be happy about him representing my city and won’t be supportive.

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  • Zack with a ck says:

    Mike – have you ever been to Stockton? They will be supporting Nick and Jake.

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  • mmaking says:

    Even though diaz is a douche, i still want to see this rematch. Noons seems like a ass himself, so either way, we will get to see one jerk beat up on another!!! Great tv!

    This card is coming together nicely! I’m glad they are moving the site to any west coast venue, for a few reasons, a number of the top fighters competing on this card have roots here and west coast fans will appreciate it more.

    My money is on scott smith in the rematch, shields beating whomever they put up, and diaz pulling out a war against noons. I expect a lot of blood in this one. And of course controversy, this is wwe, i mean elite xc!

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  • Mike C. says:

    This sucks. I was much more interested in the Sakurai fight. Hopefully they get a good replacement opponent.

    Noons will win again. Decision or cut. He is a much better striker than Diaz and Diaz has no wrestling ability.

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Wow.

    And now the problem with non-exclusive contracts is readily apparent.

    I want to see Noons/Diaz II as much as the next guy but seeing Diaz take on Mach would have been a MUCH better fight.

    Oh, well…

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Noons Sr. vs. Slice as the spectacle match of the night.

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  • Zex says:

    i feel sad for elite xc if diaz looses. CBS might end up canning them depending on his reaction after the fight =p

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  • portcity says:

    209 is proud of these cats. and the wanna be thugs from the burbs is an understatement. Do not underestimate Stockton. This will help city revenue and much needed publicity instead of the highest forclosure city.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    #15

    I was there once a looong time ago. It was in July and it was smokin’ hot. I mean melt the asphalt hot. Can’t remember much else about it.

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  • fightfan says:

    Great for CBS watchers???? If they are worried about image, then having Diaz and his crew of morons parading around the arena and broadcast is NOT a bright idea.

    What are they going to do when Diaz motherfucks Noons and flips him off every 2 minutes of each round and during every interview??? Are they going to pan out to the Thompson/Kimbo mile away, he tapped? angle????? Especially if Diaz loses, and he goes on his temper tantrum, CBS will be very sorry they had that image on TV.

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  • sicmma says:

    I guess i’m going to root for anybody Diaz fights. I always enjoyed his fights, but his mouth has killed any part of me that wants to see him win.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    #14, Mike…

    Diaz will sell easily in the local market, and he will probably be viewed as the “bad guy” by casual fans, especially when Noons does have the all-american look.

    I truly don’t think Nick is a bad guy. I’ve seen him in person, dealing with jackass fans, and he couldn’t have been a better guy. I just think he gets a little to caught up in the “Stockton bitches” attitude, when he should be trying to elevate himself above all that.

    #18 Sergio…

    Agreed, non-exclusive contracts have caused some problems, especially for us fans, but it also has added a lot of upside for us. Unfortunately, the EXCBS fight offers Diaz far more exposure and opportunity.

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    bjjdenver, what’s the upside?

    Sure, the possibility of dream fights is there but what’s the use if another promotion with a bigger purse or a better TV deal comes along and poaches one of the fighters?

    I don’t blame Diaz at all for choosing EliteXC on CBS, a channel that EVERY house with a television gets over Dream on HDNet, a channel that only 7 people, excluding MMA fans, know about.

    But this is the beginning of a very dangerous and very disappointing precedent.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Simply the opportunity to see individual fights, that exclusive contracts may not allow. I personally would rather have seen the Dream fight, but it is just smart business.

    I see this as the CBS deal being to blame as much as non-exclusive contracts.

    I do agree, that this is a trend developing, and they need to find some way to honor the fights that get signed. This is the 2nd mess with Diaz/EXC/Dream.

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  • bjjdenver says:

    Also to blame, EXC’s lack of roster depth, and terrorists.

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  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    By God, if I can’t have the option of watching Diaz fight in EliteXC, Dream, AND Affliction in July… the terrorists have already won…

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  • HexRei says:

    WAR DIAZ!

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  • DPK says:

    He get’s stopped by the champ, misses weight by 9 pounds, while the champ stops a quality opponet in the first round, so they reward him by putting the show in his home town. Good job Gary Shaw.

    I think that KJ only has one fight left on his EliteXC contract (it might be two), I hope he knocks Diaz out, then goes and signs with UFC. I’m not completely sold on KJ, but I just want Diaz to go away.

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  • j says:

    SAM,

    Has anyone brought up the fact that Nick could not get licensed in California for the co-promoted Strikeforce card due to his Marijuana issues. What has changed?????

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  • FightGuy says:

    this is a joke, diaz does not deserve a title shot with any promotion with the antics he continues to pull … the ufc made the right move and cut diaz and hopefully his brother gets his walking papers soon. diaz can’t be good for the groth of the sport and is defintely the step in the wrong direction for mainstream mma.

    elite xc is a joke promotion and gary shaw is nothing but a con artist trying to make a quick buck in mma. soon he to will be amongst the others that have failed including bodog fight, ifl, m-1 ..

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  • HexRei says:

    @#34 Check your facts, the UFC didn’t cut Diaz. He left on a two-fight win streak, in fact, because Cesar Gracie (his trainer) had been trying to get the Gracie Fighting Championships going. That org never got enough funding which is why he went to Pride, then EliteXC and Dream. But it’s not like the UFC wasn’t ready to renew his contract.

    I guess you must be kind of new to MMA but the Diaz era of UFC sold quite well. He’s a talented fighter who knows how to sell a grudgematch. I think your bad wishes toward Nate are mean-spirited and I think he’s going to prove you wrong by being a strong fighting in the UFC for a long time.

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  • HexRei says:

    For clarification, I was talking about Nick until the last sentence where I was talking about Nate.

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