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Diaz vs. Noons II set for October 9th in San Jose (UPDATE)

UPDATEFive Ounces of Pain has been able to confirm with Strikeforce executives that Noons vs. Diaz II will be contested at 170 pounds and will be a title fight.

PRESS RELEASE / SAN JOSE, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2010) – A grudge rematch that fans, media, and the confident fighters themselves have been clamoring for since the first fight ended in bloody controversy nearly three years ago, will take place on Saturday, October 9th, when KJ Noons (9-1), fresh off a knockout victory last Saturday, challenges Strikeforce 170-pound champ Nick Diaz (22-7, 1 NC) in the main event at HP Pavilion here, live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-feature, undefeated Strikeforce women’s welterweight title-holder Sarah Kaufman (12-0) will make the second defense of her 135-pound title against No. 1 contender and Dutch superstar Marloes Coenen (17-4).

Another featured fight will pit an emerging star from the “Strikeforce Challengers” series, up-and-coming Luke Rockhold (7-1), against the vastly more experienced, 2000 Olympic Games wrestling silver medalist, Matt “The Law” Lindland (22-7), in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest.

Diaz has not lost a fight since he first faced Noons, losing via disputed first-round TKO on Nov. 7, 2007. Diaz has been devastating in recent outings notching seven in a row. The talented, outspoken, no-nonsense brawler also boasts a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

The always-dangerous Noons is an aggressive and prolific striker who has won his last six fights, including the thrilling slugfest against Diaz that ended when the cageside physician halted the proceedings due to excessive cuts around Diaz’ eyes.

Since that fight, there has been no love lost between the pair of brash fighters. Seven months after their first fight, on June 14, 2008, the fighters and their camp members nearly came to blows in the cage after the fighters registered victories in separate bouts.

“Nick has no class, he’s a bum, a piece of (expletive) and he and his team disrespected my family and I with their gestures and trash talk and tried to upstage my fight,” said Noons after the near-fracas.

Offered Diaz: “I’m sorry about what happened in the cage afterward, but I didn’t start it. His guys were talking (expletive) to us.”

Diaz is coming off a first-round submission (armbar) over fellow superstar Hayato “Mach” Sakurai last May 29 at DREAM 14 in Japan. The six-foot, 27-year-old Diaz won the Strikeforce title with a convincing first-round TKO (punches) over Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis on January 30th, 2010.

The 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Noons, who was born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, registered a spectacular, crowd-pleasing second-round knockout over Jorge Gurgel during last Saturday’s “Strikeforce – Houston”.

Kaufman, a former ballet dancer, retained her belt for the first time with an explosive third-round body slam KO over Roxanne Modafferi at Strikeforce Challengers in Everett, Wash., on July 23.

The personable, hard-hitting, 5-foot-5, 24-year-old Kaufman, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has scored knockouts in nine of her 12 victories.

Coenen, 29, will appear before an audience for the first time since suffering a hard-fought third-round TKO loss to Cris Cyborg for the Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight (145 pounds) Championship at “Strikeforce – Miami” last January.

The game and courageous, 5-foot-9 Coenen gave Cyborg one of her toughest fights. A member of Holland’s Team Golden Glory, Coenen has been a mixed martial artist since the age of 14. She will be moving down in weight to challenge for the title.

Rockhold of Santa Cruz, Calif. will bring a six-fight winning streak into what figures to be the toughest assignment of his career. Many feel the 25-year-old is one of Strikeforce’s next great middleweight stars. He has been victorious by submission in all but one of his wins. A member of Team AKA in San Jose, Rockhold won his last start with a first-round TKO (knees to body) over Paul Bradley on February 26th in San Jose.

Lindland of Oregon City, Ore, brought home the silver in Greco-Roman wrestling. He’s fought the best in a 13-year MMAs career, including the famed Fedor Emelianenko. An All-American at the University of Nebraska before turning pro in 1997, Lindland holds victories over Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton and remains one of only two men to submit BJJ blackbelt Travis Lutter.

In his most recent fight, the six-foot-tall Lindland scored a third-round TKO over “King” Kevin Casey on May 21st during a “Strikeforce Challengers” event in Portland, Oregon.

17 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    God I hope Noons can pull this off…Diaz needs a beating.

  • G-DUB says:

    At what weight will the fight be contended and will it be for the welterweight belt? Was this insinuated somewhere in the article? Missed it.

  • G-DUB says:

    Actually RR, with Noons seriously suggesting that he should challenge Mayweather in a boxing match, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone knock some sense into him …. even if it’s via a sustained pitter-pat.

  • stone says:

    All Diaz here… But in the first fight Diaz had nothing on KJ! Diaz needs to get this fight to the ground ASAP!

  • Angry Mike says:

    After the Noons fight Diaz had facial surgery to reduce the chances that he’ll get cut again. And he’s pissed off. Diaz by ko or tko in either the second or the third round.

  • Rece Rock says:

    It’s for the belt… WW.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Holy cow pies!!-Strikeforce has finally given us a match that is popular

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Hell yes! Been waiting for this one for quite a while now.

    With the fight being contested for the WW belt, slight advantage going in for Diaz having fought at WW (or bigger) for the past 2 years, while Noons will be moving up from his recent fight at LW. But keep in mind KJ did miss weight last week, so I don’t think the weight/size thing should be used as a built-in excuse. (Their first bout was fought at 160lbs.)

    I’m picking Diaz but have no idea how the fight will play out stylistically. Obviously Nick has a huge advantage on the ground but I get the feeling he won’t mind standing & banging with Noons, even though this could create problems for him like happened in their first fight.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Noons is 9-2.

    he will be 9-3 after this fight.

  • MCM says:

    I agree Diaz needs a beating, but so does Noons. I hope they get Shonnie Carter to ref this thing and we get another double KO.

  • Rich S. says:

    Well it’s about time.

    I still think Diaz could’ve won the first fight had it continued. Also, that fight took place in a weird period of Diaz’s career (for another example, see Diaz/Aina), where he seemed sluggish and slow to react, hence the knockdown/cut.

    Since that fight, of course, Diaz has been on an absolute tear, finishing all of his last SEVEN straight opponents in devastating fashion, picking up titles along the way.

    Noons does seem to have a bit more speed and definitely some more power behind his punches, but powerful punches have never really had much of an effect on Diaz.

    Diaz could easily wrap up a submission, but he will stand until he’s knocked down, so I’m calling Diaz via TKO midway through the fight..

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Noons is going to get koed just like he did against Crazy Horse. For a pro boxer he has been taking a lot of shots from his last 3 opponents and Diaz is way better than any of them. Only one guy has ever koed Diaz and Noons wont be the second.

  • CQBRA03 says:

    This is one of the few truely great fights Strikeforce still has to put on! Go Nick!!

  • MCM says:

    I don’t see Noons winning this one either fanothna33. But no one had ever KO’d Gurgel, so I wouldn’t put it passed Noons to KO Diaz. I just don’t expect it to happen.

  • Creature says:

    i agree with MCM and rece.. i think BOTH the diaz bros need a serious beatdown, i cant stand them, nut noons cmon now lets be realistic here.. mayweather may have a vag cuz hes scared 2 fight pacman but im pretty sure he would pick u apart in a boxing match :)

  • danw84 says:

    I hate both Diaz bros and cheer against them in every fight.

    The only reason I’ve EVER wanted Nate to win a fight is because I wanted to watch him fight Penn, because we all know how that would have ended.

    I’ll at least say I like watching how skilled Nick is, even if I hate watching him win.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    The Diaz brothers are controversial at best-I wouldn;t go so far as saying that I hate them-I just believe that they are true fighters-Have you ever seen either one of them in a boring fight?

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