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.