(What do you want to bet that particular hunk of metal and leather is hanging in a San Diego pawn shop right now?)
After bailing on EliteXC and their weirdo 160-pound title to become one of those fighters who wear big gloves and agree to stand and bang using just their fists – or, to put it more succinctly, a boxer – K.J. Noons might be eyeing a return to MMA with Strikeforce. Talking to WatchKalibRun, Noons confirmed that he had dropped his somewhat notorious manager, Mark Dion, and was talking with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who saw this thing coming a mile away. While that’s far from an agreement to fight Nick Diaz and finally prove that he is not scared, homey, it’s at least a step in the right direction for a talented fighter with sometimes questionable motivation.
Noons said that he’d be “down” to face Diaz again, and claimed he wouldn’t mind going up or down in weight. What he didn’t say, however, was that he wants to be a full-time MMA fighter. He seems to think he can be both a boxer and an MMA fighter. He lost his last boxing match in March via decision, and it’s fair to say that the boxing world in general does not give a damn about him (at least compared to MMA, which gives at least a little bit of a damn), you have to wonder why he won’t just commit himself to a sport where he could actually go somewhere? Come on KJ, are takedowns and leg kicks really all that bad?