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Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons – Head to Head Comparison

Strikeforce CEO Coker has a feeling there might be a little bad blood between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons, and to that end, Coker told Ariel Helwani during The MMA Hour that he’ll have lots of beefy security on hand to make sure things stay in bounds.

Diaz recently wrote a check after Strikeforce: Nashville for his part in the televised brouhaha that took place between Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the cage after the Shields contest with Dan Henderson.

“I’ll tell you what – if we leave those two guys in a room alone, I think you know what’s going to happen,” Coker told Helwani. “We’re going to have a wall of security there. We’ve brought extra police to handle the weigh-ins, the press conference and pretty much a wall of people will be there for the night of the fight. We have to take precautionary measures because these guys have this big feud – and it’s not just them, it’s their camps.”

The two meet again at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II on Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and the main card will air live on Showtime.

The last time the pair met,  at EliteXC: Renegade back in 2007, Noons managed to pick Diaz apart and the fight ended as a bloodied Diaz was unable to continue – at least according to the doctor on hand.

Since then, Diaz has had surgery to shave the orbital bones above his eyes, worked on his standup game with elite boxer Andre Ward and received his black belt in jiu-jitsu from trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie. He’s won seven straight and looked dangerous during the course of that streak.

For his part, Noons has put together a six-fight win streak of his own. His last outing, a dominant performance against Jorge Gurgel for Strikeforce, set up the rematch with Diaz.

KJ Noons

HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 170 lbs
RECORD: 10-2

10-2 Jorge Gurgel KO (Punches)
9-2 Conor Heun Decision (Split)
8–2 Andre Amade Decision (Unanimous)
7–2 Yves Edwards TKO (Punches and Elbows)
6–2 Nick Diaz TKO (Cuts)
5–2 James Edson Berto KO (Knee)
4–2 Charles Bennett KO (Punch)
4–1 Harris Sarmiento TKO (Strikes)
3–1 Bryson Kamaka KO (Head Kick)
2–1 Malik Williams TKO (Punches)
1–1 Buddy Clinton Submission (Heel Hook)
1–0 Raul Guerra TKO (Corner Stoppage)

Nick Diaz’ MMA Record

HEIGHT: 6’1″
WEIGHT: 170 lbs
RECORD: 22-7-1

22–7–0 Hayato Sakurai Submission (Armbar)
21–7–0 Marius Žaromskis TKO (Punches)
20–7–0 Scott Smith Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
19–7–0 Frank Shamrock TKO (Punches)
18–7–0 Thomas Denny TKO (Punches)
17–7–0 Muhsin Corbbrey TKO (Punches)
16–7–0 Katsuya Inoue TKO (Corner Stoppage)
15–7–0 K.J. Noons TKO (Cuts)
15–6–0 Mike Aina Decision (Split)
14–6–0 Takanori Gomi No Contest
14–6 Gleison Tibau TKO (strikes)
13–6 Josh Neer Submission (Kimura)
12–6 Ray Steinbeiss Decision (Split)
11–6 Sean Sherk Decision (Unanimous)
11–5 Joe Riggs Decision (Unanimous)
11–4 Diego Sanchez Decision (Unanimous)
11–3 Koji Oishi TKO (Punches)
10–3 Drew Fickett TKO (Punches)
9–3 Karo Parisyan Decision (Split)
9–2 Robbie Lawler KO (Punch)
8–2 Jeremy Jackson Submission (Arm bar)
7–2 Jeremy Jackson TKO (Punches)
6–2 Joe Hurley Submission (kimura)
5–2 Kuniyoshi Hironaka Decision (Split)
5–1 Harris Sarmiento TKO (Towel)
4–1 Jeremy Jackson KO (Punches)
4–0 Adam Lynn Submission (Armbar)
3–0 Blaine Tyler TKO (Punches)
2–0 Chris Lytle Decision
1–0 Mike Wick Submission (Triangle Choke)


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