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Nick Diaz vs KJ Noons – Head to Head Comparison

Strikeforce CEO Coker has a feeling there might be a little bad blood between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons, and to that end, Coker told Ariel Helwani during The MMA Hour that he’ll have lots of beefy security on hand to make sure things stay in bounds.

Diaz recently wrote a check after Strikeforce: Nashville for his part in the televised brouhaha that took place between Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields and Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the cage after the Shields contest with Dan Henderson.

“I’ll tell you what – if we leave those two guys in a room alone, I think you know what’s going to happen,” Coker told Helwani. “We’re going to have a wall of security there. We’ve brought extra police to handle the weigh-ins, the press conference and pretty much a wall of people will be there for the night of the fight. We have to take precautionary measures because these guys have this big feud – and it’s not just them, it’s their camps.”

The two meet again at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II on Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and the main card will air live on Showtime.

The last time the pair met,  at EliteXC: Renegade back in 2007, Noons managed to pick Diaz apart and the fight ended as a bloodied Diaz was unable to continue – at least according to the doctor on hand.

Since then, Diaz has had surgery to shave the orbital bones above his eyes, worked on his standup game with elite boxer Andre Ward and received his black belt in jiu-jitsu from trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie. He’s won seven straight and looked dangerous during the course of that streak.

For his part, Noons has put together a six-fight win streak of his own. His last outing, a dominant performance against Jorge Gurgel for Strikeforce, set up the rematch with Diaz.

KJ Noons

HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 170 lbs
RECORD: 10-2

10-2Jorge GurgelKO (Punches)
9-2Conor HeunDecision (Split)
8–2Andre AmadeDecision (Unanimous)
7–2Yves EdwardsTKO (Punches and Elbows)
6–2Nick DiazTKO (Cuts)
5–2James Edson BertoKO (Knee)
4–2Charles BennettKO (Punch)
4–1Harris SarmientoTKO (Strikes)
3–1Bryson KamakaKO (Head Kick)
2–1Malik WilliamsTKO (Punches)
1–1Buddy ClintonSubmission (Heel Hook)
1–0Raul GuerraTKO (Corner Stoppage)

Nick Diaz’ MMA Record

HEIGHT: 6’1″
WEIGHT: 170 lbs
RECORD: 22-7-1

22–7–0Hayato SakuraiSubmission (Armbar)
21–7–0Marius ŽaromskisTKO (Punches)
20–7–0Scott SmithSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)
19–7–0Frank ShamrockTKO (Punches)
18–7–0Thomas DennyTKO (Punches)
17–7–0Muhsin CorbbreyTKO (Punches)
16–7–0Katsuya InoueTKO (Corner Stoppage)
15–7–0K.J. NoonsTKO (Cuts)
15–6–0Mike AinaDecision (Split)
14–6–0Takanori GomiNo Contest
14–6Gleison TibauTKO (strikes)
13–6Josh NeerSubmission (Kimura)
12–6Ray SteinbeissDecision (Split)
11–6Sean SherkDecision (Unanimous)
11–5Joe RiggsDecision (Unanimous)
11–4Diego SanchezDecision (Unanimous)
11–3Koji OishiTKO (Punches)
10–3Drew FickettTKO (Punches)
9–3Karo ParisyanDecision (Split)
9–2Robbie LawlerKO (Punch)
8–2Jeremy JacksonSubmission (Arm bar)
7–2Jeremy JacksonTKO (Punches)
6–2Joe HurleySubmission (kimura)
5–2Kuniyoshi HironakaDecision (Split)
5–1Harris SarmientoTKO (Towel)
4–1Jeremy JacksonKO (Punches)
4–0Adam LynnSubmission (Armbar)
3–0Blaine TylerTKO (Punches)
2–0Chris LytleDecision
1–0Mike WickSubmission (Triangle Choke)


  • Dufresne says:

    I’m pulling for Diaz here, and I think he’ll get it if he fights smart.

    If it looks like Noons is getting the better of him on the feet again, he needs to get the fight to the ground any way he can. His submission game is worlds better than Noons’s is and if he can get it to the canvas, he’ll have a huge advantage even off of his back.

    Good call Coker in getting these two the rematch they wanted, even better call to have extra security on hand just in case.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I’m pulling for KJ…

    Cokers comments about security are just his attempts to continue to hype the fight…

  • MCM says:

    I’m still pulling for that DOUBLE KO!!!

    But in all honesty, I don’t see how Diaz looses this one. He’s been in there with good strikers before and come out on the winning end.


    I think Diaz will get lit up by Noons on the feet again but I see Diaz getting Noons down and subbed by the second round

  • Angry Mike says:

    Diaz has faced tougher competition than Noons He’s improved since their first fight, and I don’t think Noons has. Gotta go with Diaz., probably by decision, although a submission is within the realm of possibility.

  • BigDave says:

    A double KO would make me very happy. I’m not a fan of either of these guys and im just looking forward to both of them getting hurt.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I cant wait to see Noones get KOed here. I think Diaz has the edge everywhere in this fight and unlike Gurgel he is probably not going to get caught by a late punch. And the few times ive seen Noones go three rounds he has been pretty tired out whereas Diaz could probably go 8 hard rounds, I dont really see any way for Noones to get a win here.

  • Rich S. says:

    Diaz better win this. He was off in the first fight, and right now he’s fighting better than ever. There’s really no reason for him to lose. His chin is granite, his reach and unorthodox style grant him striking that can certainly hang with Noons’, and the differences between their ground games are laughable.

    I’m not sure why, but I never quite jumped on the KJ Noons bandwagon, and I still can’t quite see him as one of the best out there. Maybe if he wins in convincing fashion here I’ll have no other choice but to recognize his ability. But, more likely, I’ll never be a true fan of his. Maybe I’m still bitter over their first fight. Maybe if Diaz pummels him I’ll actually gain respect for him. We’ll see.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I liked K J enough at first but he has done nothing but proven himself to be a dirty fighter, and as much as people hat the Diaz attitude you cant complain about him being a dirty fighter.

  • Jak says:

    As long as it’s not a cheap loss/injury loss, i’m stoked on whoever wins.

    If Noons pulls it out, then he’ll have done it twice. He’s annoying as hell to listen to when tries to trash talk, but fun to watch.

    And Diaz… they always impress me, would definitely be rooting for Nick.


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