(Hopefully, for KJ’s sake, that scale is bolted down)
Sherdog is reporting that June’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum event has added double the firepower with the addition of a main card bout featuring former EliteXC lightweight champion KJ Noons and Charles "
Krazy Horse" "Kid Kaos" Bennett. The fight will be a heavily anticipated rematch of their February 10, 2007 fight (video after the jump) that saw Bennett knock Noons out in the first round.
(Video courtesy YouTube/EliteXC [RIP])
Since their original clash, both fighters’ careers have been on decidedly different trajectories.
Besides defeating Nick Diaz to win the EliteXC 155-pound crown, Noons has been victorious in each of his other three outings since losing to Bennett. Stepping away from MMA for the better part of two years after being stripped of his belt for refusing a rematch with Diaz under the financial terms of his contract with the now defunct promotion, Noons refocused on his boxing career and said his days in the cage were over as he followed Randy Couture‘s lead and (sort of) retired. After EliteXC folded, Noons signed with Strikeforce and was set to face Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Miami on Jan. 30, but the fight was scrapped after Evangelista sustained an injury in training. He was granted permission from Strikeforce to compete under the DREAM banner and defeated Andre "Dida" Amade via unanimous decision in his return bout in March.
Bennett’s career and life has been a lot less productive than Noons’ since their first meeting.
Putting together a lackluster 4-3 MMA record, including a KO loss to Bobby Green in his last King of the Cage bout in December, Bennett has compiled an even less impressive criminal record since beating Noons in 2007. He has spent several stints in jail for parole violations and had an extended stay in an Albuquerque prison for assaulting a teammate in his gym with a metal pipe after a heated sparring session in January of this year didn’t go his way.
According to a Sherdog report on the incident, Bennett’s calculated revenge lived up to his current and previous monickers’ connotations:
“During routine sparring, tempers flared between Charles and the other fighter, and Charles ended up getting dropped by the larger training partner. They were quickly broken up and Charles left the mat, got dressed and left the building. He returned about 15 minutes later, walked down to the training area and pulled out a heavy piece of steel he must have found in the parking lot and began attacking the other fighter (from behind) with intent to do serious damage. He was tackled by two other fighters and disarmed.”
To date, Strikeforce has only announced two other bouts for the June 26 event, which will emanate from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Including the card’s main event namesake bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum, the card will also feature a women’s featherweight title match-up between current champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and 8-7 promotional newcomer Jan "Cuddles" Finney.