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EliteXC’s Shaw won’t rule out stripping Noons of title contacted EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw soon after learning that Mark Dion, the manager for EliteXC lightweight K.J. Noons, had no intention of responding to a 8 p.m. ET deadline on Thursday imposed by the promotion. As a part of the deadline, EliteXC was demanding that Noons’ camp issue a formal response to a bout offer to fight Nick Diaz in a featured bout to be televised on CBS on Oct. 4.

Five Ounces of Pain specifically asked Shaw whether EliteXC would consider stripping Noons of his title if he did not respond to the deadline and refused to fight Diaz. While Shaw didn’t say that was the direction the company was planning to go in, he was unwilling to take such an option off the table.

“I would never rule out that possibility,” Shaw responded when we asked him the question.

When asked what other options would be available to Noons if he chose not to fight the promotion’s number one contender for the lightweight title, Shaw hinted that it could be quite some time before fans get to see Noons fight again.

“I would say the only guarantee K.J. has is to pull up a chair and watch the event and get comfortable on that chair because he’ll be sitting for a little bit.”