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Nick Diaz vs. Eddie Alvarez for vacant EliteXC lightweight title to be announced tonight

Sunrise, Florida — A co-headlining bout on Nov. 8 between Nick Diaz and Eddie Alvarez for the vacant EliteXC title will be announced during tonights’ CBS’ telecast of Saturday Night Fights.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed of the news early Saturday morning by a source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The title was vacated last month after EliteXC officials stripped then-champion K.J. Noons of the title after his refusal to defend the belt against Diaz, who the promotion had determined to be the number one contender for the belt.

Diaz, 18-7, originally fought Noons for the then-vacant title in Corpus Christi, Texas last November during the promotion’s “Renegade” event but lost after a doctor determined after the first round that he could not continue after having sustained multiple lacerations to his face.

Since the loss, Diaz has gone 3-0 with wins over Katsuya Inoue, Muhsin Corbbrey, and Thomas Denny.

Alvarez, 15-1, is a former BodogFIGHT welterweight champion. The native Philadelphia began his career 10-0 before losing his title to Nick Thompson during Bodog’s “Clash of the Nations” event in April of 2007.

After fighting once more at 170 pounds, Alvarez eventually decided to begin to drop down to lightweight. Following a second round TKO over Ross Ebanez during his EliteXC debut at a January ShoXC event in a 165 pound catchweight fight, Alvarez competed at 155 pounds during DREAM’s lightweight Grand Prix.

During the course of the tournament, Alvarez went 3-0 with wins over Andre Amade, Joachim Hansen, and Tatsuya Kawajiri. After defeating Kawajiri during the semifinals in July, he was unable to compete vs. Shinya Aoki in the finals that were held the same night due to facial injuries. Hansen, who had won a tournament reserve bout, would ultimately go on to become champion after defeating Aoki.

The source also confirmed a previous report by MMAjunkie.com stating that the card will be held in Reno, Nevada. The show will be headlined by EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler defending his title in a rematch against Joey Villasenor.

While the card has not been finalized, additional sources have also revealed that other bouts planned for the show include a female fight between Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlin Young contested at 140 lbs. and middleweight matchup between Scott Smith a standout Judoka Hector Lombard.

It is believed that the winner of the Smith vs. Lombard fight could meet the winner of tonight’s 185 pound opener between Benji Radach and Murilo “Ninja” Rua down-the-line.

Brett Rogers, Cyrille Diabate, and Fabricio Camoes had been discussed as possibilities for the card but are unlikely to be added due to the fact that opponents could not be finalized.

Reports surfaced last week that Camoes would be taking on Yves Edwards in a lightweight bout but the bout agreement was never signed by both parties and the matchup is now no longer expected to take place.

Rogers’ name has been linked to several different opponents, including Affliction heavyweight Paul Buentello. However, Rogers’ camp was never formally presented with that option and as of earlier this week, he had not been presented a potential opponent for the show.

It is also believed that EliteXC officials had planned to match Brazilian sensation Rafael Feijao vs. French striking specialist Cyrille Diabate for the vacant EliteXC light heavyweight title but it does not appear that Diabate will be ready for the fight in time for Nov. 8.

Sources indicate that Renato “Babalu” Sobral was considered as a potential opponent for Feijao but that he would also not be available on such short notice. Feijao is still expected to appear on the show but it is uncertain if his fight will still involve a title.

17 COMMENTS
  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    Very, very nice.

    This is shaping up to be a dandy of a card.

  • Robert says:

    Alvarez will punish Diaz. Nick has a good chin he can really take a punch and i see him taking a lot of punishment in this fight.

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    “However, Rogers’ camp was never formally presented with that option and as of earlier this week, he had not been presented a potential opponent for the show.”

    Ken Pavia said they were presented with the Buentello fight but had to turn it down because of the short notice. I’m paraphrasing but he said Roger’s had been on vacation and was out of shape. 5 weeks wouldn’t have been enough time for him to prepare.

  • Neil says:

    For me, this is great news. I love to see loudmouths like Diaz get schooled, and Alvarez is the man to do it. Think about it: Diaz’s last three fights he’s been moving forward with his chin out and no head movement. Late 1st round KO for Alvaerz.

  • HexRei says:

    I love the Diaz brothers but I don’t think Diaz can beat Alvarez. Alvarez is faster, stronger, and pushes the pace more more intensely without gassing.

    However, Diaz is practically impossible to KO (only 1 KO loss ever, very early in his career) and I don’t see it happening for Alvarez. Diaz has fought some of the best in his weight class in the UFC and none of them could finish him, Alvarez will have to settle for a decision win.

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  • rob says:

    Alright- – It’s about time – and the UFC whores still won’t watch – – I know I will. I had the pleasure of talking a bit with him (Alvarez) at the show at the prudential center – get guy, down to Earth………..I’m a Diaz fan too, love his brashness – although a stoppage by Eddie seems imminent what a gift to true MMA fans – – –

  • rob says:

    get guy=good guy, sorry

  • Man, Diaz vs. Alvarez is the fight that will finally get me started in gambling on MMA. I think the masses will put a lot of money on Diaz without being aware of just how good Alvarez is.

    Random thought – wouldn’t it be awesome if EliteXC brought in Hellboy Hansen for a rematch with Alvarez?

  • skwirrl says:

    After Eddie Alverez knocks out Nick Diaz maybe he can move up and KO Kimbo to be #1 contender at heavyweight too

  • skwirrl says:

    Also MMAEruption… They loaned Alverez to DREAM… QUID PRO QUO MOFO, I LIKE THAT IDEA RIGHT THERE! EliteXC has fight of the year Alverez/Hansen II

  • Joey says:

    This is hilarious. They stripped Noons of the title, when Noons was saying that he should be fighting Alvarez instead of Diaz. Then they put in Diaz against Eddie, hahaha, I’m laughing my ass off right now. I thought they weren’t offering Noons Alvarez because Eddie was fighting Joachim next, but that’s not the case. That makes this even better.

  • HexRei says:

    Joey, if you haven’t noticed EXC is all about the viewer sales. Diaz sells more tickets than alvarez, he’s the biggest draw in Cruiserweight by far. He has to be on the ticket for the next title shot because they need views. So, whether it was Noons Diaz or Alvarez Diaz, didn’t matter. Noons-Alvarez would have been a great fight but the EXC needs ratings right now more than great fights.

  • Robert says:

    Cruiserweight ? What are Diaz and Alvarez moving up in weight and Boxing now!

  • HexRei says:

    LOL, ok, i realize they are calling it lightweight but at 160 lbs I just can’t call it that. I mean it really fucks with the world rankings. so i am calling 160 lbs in EXC something else.

  • Joey says:

    lol, cruiserweight . . . nice

    I’m gonna go with junior welterweight . . . or eliteweight

  • Gene says:

    I am waiting for EDDIE to finish his contract with ELITE XC so he doesnt have to keep fighting UFC rejects like Diaz.. MARK MY WORDS.. THIS FIGHT WILL BE STOPPED, Regardless of Diaz’s Chin… Wanna see something Interesting, Have Alvarez beat Diaz and Noons in the same night… Trust me you guys dont realize how good Eddie is, I know him personally and know the area he grew up in, He is going to be the NEXT HUGE THING in MMA/UFC,, I wanna see Alvarez take on someone more interesting like a Kenny Florian or in the near future BJ PENN..

    YES HE’S ON THAT LEVEL

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