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Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons Welterweight Title Bout Being Targeted for October 9 Strikeforce Event

(I think the message was quite clear. I specifically told Nick NOT to be scared.)

It looks like Strikeforce has missed the marketing train once again as the promotion has passed on a self-selling grudge match between Jason "Mayhem Miller" and Nick Diaz and will instead once again pair the latter up with KJ Noons in a rematch of their 2007 EliteXC title bout. In that fight, Noons emerged victorious due to doctor stoppage resulting from a cut sustained by Diaz. More memorable than their bout was the in-cage melee between Team Cesar Gracie and Noons’ father a year later after Noons’ fight with Yves Edwards in Hawaii during which Nick’s immortal "Don’t be scared, homie," line was born. EliteXC brass orchestrated a rematch-hyping staredown between KJ and Nick, but as we have learned, whenever a Diaz is involved, anything can, and usually will happen.

This time around Diaz’s welterweight strap will be up for grabs, which makes perfect sense according to Strikeforce calculus. Anywhere else Noons may have to…I don’t know…win a fight at 170 perhaps before getting a shot for the belt. But this is Strikeforce, where logic is overrated and matchmaking is easy if you have a magic eight ball.

Scrolling through the Strikeforce welterweight roster, its no wonder the fight was made, considering there aren’t many other options. Diaz already beat Marius Zaromskis, Jay Hieron has left the promotion and the chances that Joe Riggs will ever beat Diaz again are about as good as him ever headlining a card other than a Strikeforce Challengers show.

According to Cesar Gracie’s official website,, both sides have verbally agreed to the bout and are waiting on the paperwork to make it official.

I’m no marketing genius, but If I were Strikeforce, I would be jumping on the wave of momentum that Miller’s MTV fame and the Nashville brawl created rather than try to put together a rematch between two guys that many new fans don’t even realize have history together. The only issue with that would be that fans would be up in arms about the fact that, by the time Diaz will have defended his Strikeforce belt for the first time, over a year would likely have passed. We all know what that did for Alistair Overeem‘s street cred.

I like the fight itself. I make mention on this week’s podcast that I want to see noons fight a guy with hands and a chin before I’m convinced he’s a contender and Diaz fills the bill nicely. I wasn’t sure he was ever going back to 155, since he fought most of his fights at 185 and 170 last year and a half, but now that Noons is moving up to welterweight it makes for an intriguing fight, regardless of whether or not Noons deserves a title shot.

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budsellers- August 26, 2010 at 7:27 am
doubt anyone is still reading, but some of you guys are straight idiots so i had to say so.

miller vs diaz would be a catchweight fight and yes, it also makes more sense for diaz to defend his belt as soon as there is a viable contender. noons is that best possible contender(eventhough he is from another weight division). if miller, could make 170, he would be a better contender for diaz.

plus, it is not like mayhem is on the way back to ufc anytime soon so miller vs diaz can happen later. hell, strikeforce may even get another wwe style post fight brawl for all of the idiots to love up first.
ThrashingMad- August 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm
You guys do realize this is just as much as a grudge match as Diaz vs Miller, featuring two of the promotion biggest stars (or at least, two of the guys the promotion has been backing from the get go), and is pretty guaranteed to be an excellent fight, right? Yeah, silly Strikeforce. Miller getting a WW title shot would be just as backwards as Noons getting one, and Coker has expressed interest in Noons moving up to WW anyway, so it probably makes more sense. Oh yeah is there any proof that Miller's "MTV(2) fame" has crossed over into MMA? Because most people I know who watch just like seeing fat kids get beat up and could care less about actual MMA. And Diaz and Noons will do just as much trash-talk pre-fight as Miller and Diaz would, just with less ADHD. Not only that but SF is trying to set up a Middleweight tourny, which would likely involve Mayhem, and they wouldn't want him to be tied up with this fight. Is that enough reasons for this fight being made?

Oh yeah, and SF: Houston was the third highest rated SF Showtime card, it peaked at nearly a half a million viewers, and it was rated higher than most WEC events despite Showtime being in far less households than Versus. So please, actually think for once before you assume that everything Strikeforce does is nonsensical.
CZ- August 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Im hoping that a couple of people will weigh in and settle a dispute for me. I argued with a friend of mine today that KJ's Striking is better than Nick Diaz's. He called Noons' boxing rudimentary and I disagreed. If anyone reads this, who do you honestly think has the better stand up? I guess that will include kicks too, but basically I was only talking about boxing. Thanks in advance
kjnoonsdad- August 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Scott Coker's matchmaker is a magic eight ball
BackbaconBilly- August 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm
I've got no problem seeing Diaz beat Noons into a pulp!
NastyNate0217- August 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm
What are you talking about, KJ Noons was the EliteXC champ at lightweight! That company folded and Diaz went on to win the welterweight title of SF. Noons didn't want the rematch and KO'd Edwards instead, then when the company folded he went back to boxing. Get your sh** straight if you are going to talk smack!!!
shadowbox- August 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Love this fight.props to strickforce for putting on the most competitive title fight possible. I really think this fight can go either way. We can watch Diaz distroy Miller after this fight, plus Miller fights @ 185. You can't have ur champ fight out of his weight before his first title defense
MidwestFightFan- August 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm
So mayhem deems himself worthy and all you donkies get right on board huh? Mayhem is just trying to take the 'Chael Sonnen' route to the title shot since he can't earn one on his own, only he hasn't beat anyone near title contention like Sonnen did.. Shame on all you guys for buying into the WWE Hype. Mayhem need's to maybe WIN a fight over someone decent before getting a title shot in a weight division he has not been fighting in.

Seems easy marketing is the expected reason strikeforce books fights now rather then earning a shot with your fights? There's a good reason mayhem never shows up on any of the MMA consensus rankings.. He loses or fights nobodies.

Quit believing self toted hype!
Sakuraba3900- August 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Weak... I would have loved to see Diaz v. Miller that would truely have been all kinds of epic. FACK now I have to see it next year after Noons gets smashed on in Oct.
Chiggs- August 25, 2010 at 11:24 am
Cant believe their(SF) Blowing the chance at a big money-making fight in Mayhem/Diaz. No way in fuck does Diaz/Noons II Draw or garnish enough attention to make it worthwhile imo. With the self Marketing both Diaz n Miller can do as well as Mayhems recognition amongst casuals just MAKES MORE FUCKING SENSE!!! Hell the marketing for it was already underway. Im really wondering how much say Diaz has had in this match an the potential Miller fight? He have the option in his contract to veto out fights?? Either way fuck Noons, cant stand that Tool.
Also is it just me or does anyone find Noons and Dom. Cruz to be oneinthesame?? Same shitty dispostion/demeanor, same fight style, same fuckin dumbass pretty boy look to em..ect. ect. Meh maybe just me as both annoy the fuck out me
EDoggFunkMonk- August 25, 2010 at 10:44 am
I guess I'm the only one who wants to see this fight. I bought into the story that Noons was disrespected by Strikeforce when they stripped him of the belt to give it back to Diaz. This will prove who really deserved that belt.
And Mayhem vs. Diaz does nothing for me. Unless they forgo the five rounds and just do the dancing entrance (where Mayhem get's decked by a ring girl) and the post-fight melee (where the Diaz crew stays classy issuing another beatdown).
eatSHITdie- August 25, 2010 at 10:38 am
I couldn't disagree more. If the fans are so new they don't know this backstory then thats there fault. This fight makes the same amount of sense as the Miller fight, maybe more seeing as Noons already holds a win over Diaz and is a little bitch when it comes to matchmaking or even taking MMA seriously. I actualy think SF made the right move here since the Mayhem/Diaz fight won't be going away anytime soon there is plenty of time to set that up down the road taking for granted there is a down the road for SF.
glassjawsh- August 25, 2010 at 10:36 am
called it
jimbonics- August 25, 2010 at 10:26 am
When Douchebags Collide.
budsellers- August 25, 2010 at 10:17 am
hey cp, get your shit straight. the diaz bros. vs karl noons brawl happened in hawaii. a year or so after the diaz-noons title fight event; after kj refused the rematch.
GILL-uh-TEEN- August 25, 2010 at 10:15 am
I say Diaz beats them both.
danomite- August 25, 2010 at 10:07 am
Diaz is such an overrated puss. name one decent guy he's fought who isn't a lightweight since leaving the UFC. Sakurai? past his prime, would be a lightweight if he weren't japanese. Scott Smith? 1-3 in UFC. Frank Shamrock? he was a 50 year old man with braces coming off an injury. Thomas Denny? journeyman who has a bad record even though he competes mostly in small time shows. Corrbrey, Aina, and Noons? all lightweights. His one and only win against an actual good fighter was gomi 3 years ago and that was at 160 lbs!

now he has a chance to fight an actual good fighter at a weight he's fought in his last two fights and he turns it down to fight a lightweight. give me a fucking break.
Swedish- August 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

Who gives a shit?
steampunk22- August 25, 2010 at 9:51 am
"Outlook not so good"
Videodrome_NOW- August 25, 2010 at 9:48 am
So it's pretty much official that miller/diaz isn't happening? I'm all for Diaz hopefully trashing Noons, but this fight makes no sense especially after how much Miller has campaigned for this fight. Basically Strikeforce is saying "land two illegal blows in a fight and get a title shot in another weight division." W T F ??
amsterdamheavy- August 25, 2010 at 9:44 am
It's just amazing how much this promotion can fuck up an obvious "good thing".
ccman- August 25, 2010 at 9:36 am
Annnnnnnnnddddddddddddd once again Strike force finds a way to scuttle down the toilet and move another notch down towards broke.