MMA Junkie spoke with K.J. Noons on Sunday to get his reaction to being stripped of EliteXC’s 160 lbs. title. Noons indicated that he’d been given a deadline of today, the 22nd of September, to make a decision whether or not he wants to fight again under the EliteXC banner.
“We were given until Monday, and we’re figuring it all out today. I’ll make a statement tomorrow if we can’t get something worked out,” Noons told MMA Junkie.
The disagreement with EliteXC all stems from Noons not accepting a title defense against Nick Diaz on EliteXC’s next installment of Saturday Night Fights on October 4. Noons has responded to EliteXC by saying he’s not ducking Diaz but that he hasn’t been treated fairly by EliteXC and has been disrespected by them as an organization.
If Noons works something out with the organization it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be reinstated as champion or whether he’ll have to fight his way back into a title shot. Here at FiveOuncesOfPain.com we reported that EliteXC is considering a fight between Eddie Alvarez and Nick Diaz for the vacant title on a tentative November 8 card.