MMA Weekly spoke with EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw and it looks like the long-awaited K.J. Noons vs. Nick Diaz title rematch could be in jeopardy. The promotion wanted to include the fight as part of their October show on CBS but it appears that Noons’ management has no interest in the bout:
According to EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, the promotion has tried to make the fight happen and wants it to happen as part of the Oct. 4 event, but to no avail.
“Nick Diaz is the No. 1 contender. K.J. Noons should step up and be the champion that we think he is and take this fight. Nick Diaz will take this fight any place, anywhere,” Shaw told MMAWeekly.com. “(Noons’ management) won’t even return our calls.
“I don’t understand it. This fight on CBS is maximum exposure and the opportunity for maximum sponsorship dollars, way more than he could make on Showtime. At this point, I question his management.”
Take into consideration that Noon’s management is none other than Mark Dion, a guy who was fired by Brandon Vera after Dion was instrumental in Vera’s near year long absence from the UFC. Also, according to a recent interview with Fight Hype, it looks like Noons is wanting to get back into the boxing ring before he steps back inside the cage, being quoted as saying “Boxing is next unless something good comes up.”
I would think that national exposure on primetime on CBS in a high profile fight against a known commodity in Diaz would be considered as “something good,” but what do I know? I have defended Noons on several occasions because I think the stoppage in his first fight against Diaz was not only warranted but that Noons was on his way to winning that fight no matter what happened. However, if he’s legitimately dodging Diaz then he needs to be called out on it and that’s what it’s starting to look like. If Noons wants to continue to be the EliteXC lightweight champion then he’s going to have to defend against Diaz at one point or another. Why not do it on CBS?