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Diaz vs. Noons II Aftermath: Strikeforce Doesn’t Screw Up Too Bad, Which Feels Like a Major Accomplishment


(Anybody can do a punchface. That’s kid stuff. PicProps: Strikeforce)

That’s about as good as Strikeforce can do it, right there. America’s bridesmaid MMA promotion – typically cited for ineptness more than greatness – put on its best show in some time on Saturday night in San Jose. Nick Diaz and KJ Noons slogged through an exciting, if a bit repetitive, five-round main event that left Noons with a broken jaw and hand and Diaz bloodied, but still clinging to his welterweight title. The homies even looked like true homies after the final horn, hugging it out at the center of the cage. Meanwhile, Marloes Coenen appeared tall and capable in taking the women’s 135-pound belt off Sarah Kaufman, while Josh Thomson slipped by JZ Cavalcante, but once again proved that his main, main thing is making declarative statements and calling fools out.

Did the quality of the broadcast still leave a lot to be desired? Sure, Jim Ross, it always does. But at this point we’re focusing on the positives. Like the bitch mom from “American Beauty” we feel like grabbing Strikeforce by its rosy cheeks this morning and announcing: “You didn’t even screw up once!” Now on to the particulars.


Diaz won, even beating Noons at his own game for the vast majority of their bout, so it’s hard to be too critical. Yet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a couple of, “Did Diaz Get EXPOSED???” threads show up on MMA’s more hysterical message boards. Nah, he didn’t get exposed, but he also didn’t look near as dominant in this effort as in his previous three or four outings. At his most successful, the Stockton ne’er-do-well kept Noons at the end of his jab and boxed him up with a mixture of hard shots and love taps. On the negative side, Diaz’s takedown attempts were, frankly, garbage and the most shocking thing was what happened when the fight hit the mat midway through the first. That being: Nothing. Diaz just hung on – dropping a couple of shoulder strikes – until Noons kicked him off and got back up.

Diaz didn’t even flip anybody off last night (at least not on camera), so maybe he just wasn’t feeling well. Or maybe, in a way, Noons just kind of has his number. Who knows. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is mentioning the winner of Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as possible next opponents for Diaz. Sorry, Tyron Woodley. Guess you’re gonna have to win more than one non-Challengers fight before you get that title shot, bud.

Also, give Noons credit for battling through those injuries. Now get a haircut, you hippie.

In the women’s title match, you had to kind of know Kaufman was going to lose. The MMA Gods can be vindictive like that. It seems like anytime a guy (or girl) makes a stink about how good they are and the big shows they should be fighting on, they go out and lay an egg as soon as they get there. When Coenen managed to keep it in the center of the cage, she used her size advantage to get the best of the exchanges on the feet. She got battered a bit on the ground, but had one near miss arm bar attempt at the end of the second before catching Kaufman for reals in the third. 

Coenen may have once again proved that the real problem with the women’s division is that everybody’s just too motherfuckin’ friendly when she looked like she was going to cry after (possibly) injuring Kaufman’s arm during the sub. It honestly looked like that ruined her night. Still, I think she’ll be a good champ for Strikeforce. She knows her way around an interview setting and, when she isn’t in her fighting gear, she’s fairly easy on the eyes. On the flipside, next opponent Miesha Tate showed up cageside on Saturday night looking like one of the chicks from “Bad Girls Club” dressed up for court. That pair will make for an interesting staredown, not to mention a compelling matchup of styles.

In the lightweight clash between Cavalcante and Thomson, it looked like JZ might come out victorious after clearly (?) winning the third and possibly the first rounds. The judges, however, saw things unanimously for Thomson, one of them 30-27. On the mic after the fight, Thomson shuffled quickly through his list of call-outs, re-challenging 155-pound champ Gilbert Melendez, the MMA media for underrating Cavalcante (and by extension, Thomson, for beating him) and the ringside officials for all-around crappiness.

“There’s no way I won that fight 30-27,” Thomson said. “I think these judges need to have a clinic or something.”

It was funny because it was true, and it came off far better than when Thomson called out WEC champ Ben Henderson before the fight. There’s a lesson to be learned somewhere in there. Calling out the judges for their idiocy: Cool. Name-dropping an up-and-coming fighter in another organization as being overrated: Not so cool.

Thomson said after the fight that a laundry list of injuries had him considering pulling out a few weeks ago. Lucky he didn’t. After the win, it’ll be interesting to see how many MMA rankings voters he managed to browbeat into putting him back in the top 10. My guess: Most of them.

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Peetee- October 11, 2010 at 7:52 am
So Mauro Ranallo chose the Orson Welles -look to make himself seem more intelligent?
Shaky- October 11, 2010 at 5:23 am
@RwilsonR

I can't fully agree with you as Megumi Fujii is awesome and has some serious skills. However, women's MMA is obviously in its embryonic stages and will take some time to get better. It is unlikely it will be as high a level as men's MMA as there will never be as many fighters, money, testosterone and power. Still good to watch, even if you see basic reversals and transitions having the kind of success that hasn't been in men's MMA since the earlier UFCs.
fishin-addict- October 10, 2010 at 9:07 pm
They need a real announcer! That guy sounds like a wrestling announcer. Sucks!
fatbellyfrank- October 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm
^hahahahahaha fuckin beauty Tadersalad, and that is one fuckin funny DVD you got yer name from, Git er done, and yes, I might be a redneck
Tadersalad- October 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm
keanu reeves FTW!!!!
Elentius- October 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Diaz needs to stay in SF. GSP would take him down and own him for 5 or even sub him for the ultimate insult. Even Kos can beat Nick. The brothers are just not good against the wrestlers and SF makes sure that they keep Nick away from them. Great event though. I ordered the channel and got like 20 others for only 16 bucks a month... well worth it.
Elentius- October 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Diaz needs to stay in SF. GSP would take him down and own him for 5 or even sub him for the ultimate insult. Even Kos can beat Nick. The brothers are just not good against the wrestlers and SF makes sure that they keep Nick away from them.
fatbellyfrank- October 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Good card, good action, Noons needs a hair cut, Nick Diaz was pretty methodical yesterday, stuck to the plan got the win, as I said yesterday, once he got a good look at how bad the cut was on the monitor at the end of the second round, and realised it was nothing fight ending he was fine and went all out again. Surely Noons cant be serious about calling out top boxers? he'd get fucken destroyed by someone like Pacman
fatbellyfrank- October 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm
@Ruserious, dont care how long you've been here, but if your commenting just to say how shitty CP is and your going somewhere else for your MMA news, just dont talk about it, do it, over to MMMalice you go, never to be sighted on CP again, Bye, lovely knowing you, and Jimbonics makes every day worthwhile by posting on CP to his friends
halfbreed23- October 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm
"Diaz just hung on – dropping a couple of shoulder strikes – until Noons kicked him off and got back up."

Had Noons knew what Nick was doing maybe he would have relaxed a bit and not fought so hard to get out of Nick's grip. Nick was solely focused on tiring K.J. in that position. Once K.J. did tire his speed dropped noticeably and Diaz took over the striking game.
Ballkick- October 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm
I fucking laughed my head off when Nate Diaz walked his brother in with his UFC hat on,......fucking priceless!
Dana and the UFC boys must a been rolling on the floor. TFF!
PERPATRAITOR- October 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Please go to the ufc nick!! Noone left to beat in strikeforce!!
RUserious- October 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm
@jimbonics-hahaha, been here for years, long enough to watch the site turn to mush, and begin throwing people out when they make comments that CP doesn't like. Be a sheep, be a lemming, be whatever you want, you are obviously a complete LOSER. why else would anyone keep track of how long a poster was here. Get off the welfare Jimbonics and make your day useful.
TheHulkSmash- October 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm
I was impressed that Noons could maintain such a volley of huge looking strikes for five rounds.
ghostboner- October 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Also, whoever the douche complaining about the photo was, they used that photo because it is awesome. Duh. Look at K.J's fucking hair!
MediumRare- October 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm
All I can say is it's about time they got Pat Miletich back on the commentary team.

Another big step in the right direction would be to keep Braces the fuck away from the camera and the mic.
ghostboner- October 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm
Well well well motherfuckers. Who said Kauffman eats Coenen's shit or something like that? Not me, that's who. And now finally Nick can stop being scared and fight Mayhem.

@cecil's pyoopils - Bedroom Eyes wins! Marloes finally has a nickname. Fine work mate.
RwilsonR- October 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm
anonymousninja says - "Frankly, I find your appraisal of Marloes Coenen misogynistic. Why does every female MMA fighter have to be judged by her looks first."

Because if they were judged by their fighting ability nobody would watch them. Every single one of them sucks. I haven't seen a single woman with one quarter the mma skill of most of the guys on TUF.

jimbonics- October 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm
@ RUserious

Hope you enjoyed your three day stay.

Now get the fuck out.
cecils_pupils- October 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
The most resilient aspect of KJ Noons' game: his hair.
MoTropolis- October 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
Thats a great picture. If Diaz was baked last night he mustve thought he was fighting Vegeta with Krillon reffing.
cecils_pupils- October 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
Marloes Coenen fought great last night, but she looked unhealthy IMO. The drop in weight made her look too gaunt, like Mike Swick. Still hot as hell, though.

I can't wait for the next fight when it's sexy vs. sexy: Marloes "Bedroom Eyes" Coenen vs. Misha "Badonkadonk" Tate
steampunk22- October 10, 2010 at 11:06 am
;)

Good fights last night. Too bad about Kaufman but Coenen had way more ways to win that fight. Reach was a huge advantage. She'll be hard to beat at 135.

Thomson/Calvacante fight was pretty epic and Diaz/Noons went the way most people hoped it would. All in all, pretty good night of free fights.

I still think the clock is ticking on Strikeforce though.
RUserious- October 10, 2010 at 10:48 am
Nice CP Diaz wins, deals damage like crazy, takes hard shots, and still, the photo that leads is Noons head kick, I'm off to www.mmalice.com I hope anyone who follows mma will follow me there. They actually had the video this morning, did CP? ahhh nooooooo!
Get Off Me- October 10, 2010 at 10:37 am
Strikeforce is doing alright, always have been, to me they put on exciting fights.
I care less and less about the names and more about the fight these days.
Coker is putting on good shows with the challengers and this last card was another good event.
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