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EliteXC Issues Ultimatum to Noons, Books Shields vs. Daley

(Noons: More elusive than Machida? Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

Jared Shaw has had enough. The EliteXC vice president told MMA Junkie that KJ Noons has been given one more day to accept an October 4th title fight with Nick Diaz. “A bout agreement has been sent to KJ Noons,” Shaw said. “He has until 5 (p.m. PT Thursday) to accept it, or he can face public opinion.”

In a longer interview with MMA Junkie posted yesterday evening, Shaw strongly criticized Noons and his management for their unwillingness to commit to the Diaz fight. Some highlights:

“I’m sitting here and I’m drinking from a carton of milk right now. And the EliteXC lightweight champion KJ Noons’ face is on the back of this milk carton because he’s missing in action. I can’t seem to find him.”

“Since day one [Noons' manager] Mark Dion has been insinuating that EliteXC has been out to get KJ Noons. I just can’t figure that out. When a guy appears on the very first card — and the very first fight gets knocked out in the very first round off the very first punch — and we’re there to hold his hand and pick him back up and put him right back on television in a main event on ShoXC? And then when he’s 1-1, get him right back into a main event situation for the world championship against Nick Diaz, the legend who beat Gomi, how are you going to say that we’re not trying to help your kid? What more opportunity could we give the kid?”

“[Noons] is earning in his next fight about $23,000 to show. That to me is already more than any fighter who has under 10 fights is making. He’s highly paid.”

“If this fight doesn’t go off then this a textbook case in business law of harbor. It would be called the KJ Noons case. It will be the biggest mismanagement of an athlete’s career you will ever see.”

We’ll update you if and when any of this gets resolved. In the meantime, EliteXC does have at least one major title fight booked for their third CBS show — MMAWeekly reports that welterweight golden boy Jake Shields will be facing Paul “Semtex” Daley, the Cage Rage welterweight champ who came out of a brief retirement last month to knock out Bojan Kosednar at Cage Warriors FC. Said Jared Shaw:

“Jake Shields and Paul Daley have a date on Oct. 4. Both fighters have verbally agreed. Bout agreements are out and we’re just waiting for them to come back in. Unlike some others, these are two guys that I trust their word.”

Shaw also did his best to debunk rumors that Kimbo Slice would be facing Sean Gannon on the October 4th card: “There are several options we’re considering right now [for Slice's next opponent]. Gannon is not the guy.”

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daddypants- August 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm
Can they make him fight Diaz?
Dollar Hot Dogs- August 20, 2008 at 6:49 pm
KILLAKALI- August 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm
Anonymous- August 20, 2008 at 4:24 pm
i have heard of this legend as well, i have heard he slays 300 lb bears with nothing more then a spork.
mmmiles- August 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Agreed. Freakshow superfights are what got me to stop watching alot of the japanese circuits, and Elite XC isn't proving any smarter.

I have to respect the people at Zuffa for not stooping to those levels, although time may change things. Right now it seems like UFC is finding enough success not to put on stupid fights - even Lesnar proved to have some real MMA skills, but that was a close call.
ADW- August 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm
EliteXC is the only thing that makes me appreciate Dana White. What fucking joke of an organization. Nick Diaz, Jake Shields etc. need to get the hell out of Elite XC and fight in a real organization. There are times where the UFC pisses me off but at least they are run like a business and not some dumbass circus sideshow.
atom- August 20, 2008 at 2:21 pm
“[Noons] is earning in his next fight about $23,000 to show. That to me is already more than any fighter who has under 10 fights is making. He’s highly paid.”

Except for that other bearded guy on the card. Bet he's making more than 23 to show. Lesnar also makes 6 digits with the same # of fights.
FilmDrunk- August 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm
One time I was with Diaz in the back of a pickup truck, along with a live deer. Diaz goes up to the deer and says, 'I'm Nick Diaz! SAY IT!' Then he manipulates the deer's lips in such a way as to make it say, 'Nickdiaz' ... It wasn't exactly like it, but it was pretty good for a deer!
Anonymous- August 20, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Well see whose retarded when Sean "the Cannon" Gannon gets his comeuppins!
mmmiles- August 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm
it still hasn't worn off on me how retarded it is that Kimbo Slice is the flagship of this fight organization.
Smackdaddiest1- August 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm
lol@Aptninja- very funny!

At least he said Kimbo won't be fighting Gannon. I don't think I'm the only one who wants him to fight Rogers next. It would be a true test for Kimbo, but I don't think "true test" is what EliteXC has in mind for him.....That or Shamrock. Even though he's old, he would be the most complete fighter that Kimbo has faced!
ballzzak- August 20, 2008 at 12:24 pm
i got diaz in this....mother fucker
Anonymous- August 20, 2008 at 12:20 pm
to Bill Brasky!
Dollar Hot Dogs- August 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm
Aptninja... you're thinking of Bill Brasky... that son of a bitch!
Aptninja- August 20, 2008 at 12:09 pm
I have heard stories of this Nick Diaz -- a man eight feet tall who drinks gasoline and hails from a land called Stock-Town. But I can only assume that he is a folk tale.
Eric- August 20, 2008 at 11:51 am
Did he just call Nick Diaz "The Legend"?