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Elite XC Strips KJ Noons of Title

(A champion no more.)

Just when KJ Noons was starting to focus on the boxing career he wants so badly, Elite XC has decided to lighten his luggage for him by stripping him of the lightweight title. From a release sent out late last night:

“We are stripping KJ of his championship belt for refusing to defend against Diaz,’’ Lappen said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders. We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have.

“I feel very bad for KJ because I like him a lot on a personal level and have always thought he could be a big star. He’s charismatic, has a very exciting fighting style and is a top level fighter. So I’m obviously disappointed that he has chosen to take this stance.

“I don’t understand why he would turn down a chance to be a headliner on CBS on Oct. 4. KJ then turned down the fight again when we offered him a headlining spot on our next SHOWTIME date against Nick. From my view, it is a fight against a top-named opponent in Diaz (someone who beat the No. 1 fighter in the world in his weight class), a fighter KJ has bad blood with and most definitely a fight the fans really wanted to see. It seemed like a great opportunity for KJ to me.

“Personally, I do not think it was a smart career move, but I’m sure he sees it differently. KJ has two more fights remaining on his contract, so we are still looking forward to having him fight for us again soon, but not as our world champion.’’

Aside from the awkward phrase “top-named opponent” — which seems like the worst possible way of saying that a guy isn’t ranked in the top ten but people know him anyway — Elite XC actually makes a firm case here. Even if Noons doesn’t feel that Diaz deserves the shot, and even if he isn’t satisfied with the money he’d get for it (at the rate he agreed to when he signed the contract), the fact is that it’s the fight that both the Elite XC brass and the fans most want to see.

If you want to be the champ, that’s the fight you’ve got to take. If you go out and beat Nick Diaz on network TV, that can only help your popularity and your fight purses down the road, right? For whatever reason, Noons doesn’t see it that way. Enjoy your boxing career, young man.

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rage craze- October 2, 2008 at 11:20 am
kj dumb ass nick bad ass
Me- September 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Werd up Bloc, I would like to see Nog and Randy go at it and it looks like we may early next year! :)
The Bloc- September 21, 2008 at 1:03 am
Me: when i said he was dodging fight, i meant he didnt want to fight Nogueira..i know all he wanted was Fedor, but by doing that he didnt fight Nog which i think diserved a shot...
and UFC fan, i remember reading on cagepotato somewhere that he probably got a new contract, so if he didnt well im sorry. but im pretty sure he many fights were left on his old contract? doesnt he have a new 3 fights contract now?I really doubt its for less money....
Me- September 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm
He didn't lose his case. Was a court decision rendered? If I am not mistaken, they were in arbitration most of the time. The UFC had filed many successful motions to have proceedings stayed to continue arbitration. It was all a bunch of red tape law crap that was simply meant to cost Randy more money than he could afford. A form of bulling anyone can do as long as you have more money to waste than the other guy.

If he didn't have a leg to stand on then the court would have likely thrown out the case immediately.

From what I understand they settled on an extended contract, presumably with more money being payed.
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 5:47 pm
Its funny how you say that, yet in the end he lost, like the douche he is.
Me- September 20, 2008 at 5:11 pm
It's not a lack of business acumen, I was simply pointing out that Randy was not dodging fights in favor of a new contract. He wanted a certain fight and could not get it and thinking he had more weight than he did caused his whole situation.

Beyond that, are you a lawyer? Have you read his contract and do you understand all the clauses in it? No you aren't and no you haven't. Randy and his lawyer did and they thought they had a case. Sorry Turd, this is not about business 101, it's law and contracts are far more complex than, sign=fight=pay.
Turd Ferguson- September 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm
Me - does it really matter who randy wanted to fight. So what the UFC couldnt get fedor... If I was paying his ass a million a fight, i wouldnt let him fight in anything else either. It was smart on Dana's part to stop talks and just let it go for now.

Some of you like "Me" Doesn't understand business. You sign a contract, you fight, you get paid and you go home. Stop being a pussy and crying if you can't fight someone. Just fight and go train for another day.

I lost respect for Randy when he threw a bitch fit and only wanted fedor. I hope he does get Fedor and Fedor terminates his lifeforce. It will serve him right for making a big deal out of this.

Too many fighters in these fight organizations have issues with there vagina hurting...
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm
"# The Bloc Says:
September 20th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

he was losing money but he still got a new contract when he came back didnt he? so how about u stop jerkin off while posting threads and move on."

Did he? did he really?
show me where it says he got a NEW contract.
far as I know he is still obligated to his OLD contract, and hes back cause he cant fight it in court you stupid asshole.
Don't talk what you don't know.
what- September 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm
nick diaz looked like a special olympian in the first fight with noons crawling around like hes got no legs he wass getting his ass handed to him with boody shots and head shots
KP- September 20, 2008 at 7:13 am
Here is the deal, these fighters that sign a a fight based contract...whether is be 3 or 10 doesn't matter, once you have signed a contract you are bound by its terms. I have no idea where this retarded mentality of "oh, if I win a fight or two, then I can breach the terms of my contract and force them to pay me more money" came from, but it is retarded and it does no justice to the intelligence of fighters and/or their management. Agents and fighters need to realize that by putting themselves in this situation they not only make themselves look bad, they make everyone else look bad. All you need to do is ride out your contract then re-negotiate, like every other fucking human being on the planet.
Me- September 20, 2008 at 5:57 am
Sorry Bloc, he wasn't refusing to fight, Randy was actualy trying to fight and the UFC couldn't make his fight happen. Randy wanted to fight one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Far from ducking.

and I applaud anyone who takes on the Dana Dictatorship, even if they lose in the end.
The Bloc- September 20, 2008 at 5:55 am
he was losing money but he still got a new contract when he came back didnt he? so how about u stop jerkin off while posting threads and move on.
cr_trinity- September 20, 2008 at 4:32 am
I still don't see why people would want to pay for that UFC 91 card. Looks like Dana White and Vince McMahon's secret relationship is finally coming to light.

UFC Heavyweight Chump vs WWE Castoff for the Prestigious Ultimate Farcical Cocksuckers Championship?
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 3:03 am
wow the it just shit out my post 3 times instead of 1....that's fucked up :)
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 3:02 am
NO he didnt dumbass, why do you think he came back? cause he loves Dana White? NO! cause he was losing money!
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 3:02 am
NO he didnt dumbass, why do you think he came back? cause he lovvvess Dana White? NO! cause he was losing money!
UFC fan- September 20, 2008 at 3:01 am
NO he didnt dumbass, why do you think he came back? cause he lovvvess Dana White? NO! cause he was loses money!
The Bloc- September 20, 2008 at 2:55 am
i totally agree witht he guy losing his belt and all that shit, but i was reading ...'s comment and i couldnt stop myself lol : "no one ever got paid by refusing to fight and negotiating over their contract publicly."

a certain RANDY did :P
John- September 20, 2008 at 2:46 am
Haha!!!!! I dunno what Noons was thinking, but he shouldn't be the least bit surprised. I'm looking forward to hearing what the little bitch has to say about it!
TPark- September 20, 2008 at 2:06 am
Anyone who says KJ Noons won the first fight against Diaz is a retard. A cut stoppage is not a win. Noons got lucky and the ref called a stoppage. Well I guess in the view point of a pansy a win is a win no matter how its won... Oh well. Maybe Noons will do as well as Kalib Starnes....oh wait Kalib Starnes is working on my fries and coke. Noons can be the next fryboy of the month.

Whether Or Not diaz deserves a rematch, its a fight that the fans want to see. The industry always comes first, without the revenue, the organization doesnt have any foundation to stand on. So not only does Noons hurt himself, he screws up the organization by decreasing revenue and mainstream fanbase. Goodluck with that contract "negotiation" you prick. I think we have a better chance of getting Jose Aguilar pregnant than that negotiation.
MMA Wannabe- September 20, 2008 at 1:31 am
As much as I dislike the Diaz brothers, Noons' victory over Nick smelled of fluke. Do I believe Diaz deserves another shot at him? Not quite yet. Do I think he'd win? Yeah, Diaz would almost certainly beat Noons and KJ knows it.

A true champion doesn't duck ample competetion when it's put in front of him and KJ shows his true colors by fleeing to a less complete sport (Yes, I just went there, boxing is NOT nearly as comprehensive as MMA, plain and simple. I do enjoy boxing though. /End tangent). Noons will not be missed.
Please- September 20, 2008 at 12:52 am
Just watch the fight. That's all that really matters anyway, right? What happens inside the cage can't be denied. Youtube has it up.
...- September 20, 2008 at 12:37 am
still after krazy horse knocked Noons out. KJ did nothing but talk about a rematch and how badly he wanted it. So why can't KJ just man the fuck up and give someone else a rematch instead of making up excuses. Just because he thinks he has a reason with the money issue, still doesn't mean he isn't hiding behind it. All the top paid guys in the UFC got there by winning fights. no one ever got paid by refusing to fight and negotiating over their contract publicly.
ShitTalking'sOverrated- September 20, 2008 at 12:31 am
Especially if you're talking shit to someone who just finished kicking your ass. KJ Noons DOMINATED Nick Diaz. Regardless of who happened with Noons' contract issues. Regardless of how much shit Diaz talks. And least importantly, regardless of what some dipshit fake tough guy says on the computer!
shutupandfight- September 20, 2008 at 12:12 am
i believe it was TWO lucky knees, a few lucky rights, several lucky lefts, and a handfull of lucky takedown stuffs that won Noons that fight.