KJ Noons has a brilliant plan for the future of his fighting career. Are you ready for this? Instead of fighting Nick Diaz for the Elite XC lightweight title in front of millions of people on CBS, he’s going to fight some nobody in a boxing match that is not on network TV. That will show those bastards at Elite XC.
In an interview with MMA Weekly Noons claims that Elite XC breached his boxing contract — which was one of the two contracts he signed with them — by not offering him any fights, thus leaving him free to pursue boxing matches on his own. His MMA contract with them is presumably still valid since they did offer him the Diaz fight, which he continues to disparage on the basis that Diaz would make more money than him for the fight:
“Tell him to put his money where his mouth is. Put his money up if he wants it so bad, if he’s such a warrior,” Noons stated about Diaz. “He was just (expletive) about how much he got paid on this last CBS card. He’s getting paid 3 times more than me, how do you think that makes me feel?”
“If Dana (White) is listening, I wouldn’t mind fighting his brother too. I’ll get them both (expletive) plastic surgeries.”
He just had to bring up Nate, didn’t he? Maybe the plan is to make the Diaz brothers talk so much smack they cancel each other out, like some sort of shit-talking wave interference theory.
Nate Diaz really started this after his Fight Night bout when he suggested that “somebody” should stop being a “weak-ass punk” and fight his brother. Personally, I assumed that Nate was referring to British punk rocker Johnny Rotten, but now that I think about it Noons’ interpretation really makes more sense.
What makes less sense is the implied suggestion that Nick Diaz should offer Noons some of his purse in order to get the fight. At least, that’s what it sounds like he’s saying when he says Diaz should “put his money up,” which is a strange response from the champ. Isn’t the idea of being champion that you face all comers? I understand being upset with his contracted rate, but that’s an issue between Noons and Elite XC, not Diaz.
Diaz, naturally, is going to try and make as much money as he can, as is Noons. So why should he have to offer the champ money in order to get a rematch of a fight that was stopped on cuts?
As for his future with Elite XC, Noons said he hopes that everything “gets worked out,” but didn’t discuss how that might happen at this point. He appears open to fighting for them again, though who knows when or against who. In the meantime, boxing. Yeah, that’s the sport all the kids are fired up about these days.