It looks like StrikeForce will not put on the highly anticipated Nick Diaz vs Jason Mayhem Miller bout that has built steam since the Nashville brawl a few months ago. Mayhem petitioned for the bout this past weekend, wearing a “don’t be scared homie” T-shirt that mocked Diaz and stated he wanted to settle their beef. It appears Mayhem will have to wait, because old rival KJ Noons will be getting first crack at Nick Diaz according to an announcement made on the StrikeForce website.
Monday Morning Blackbelt got the scoop on this screen shot from this post on the StrikeForce website, that appears to have been removed since being discovered. Diaz and Noons faced off in 2007, with Noons winning by TKO (Dr.stoppage) in between rounds.
While we do not know if the bout will be a catch-weight bout or at the welterweight limit, it appears we will have to wait for additional information to find the official weight limit. Check out the screen shot below of the announcement that appears to have been passed off to StrikeForce Insiders.
KJ Noons (10-2) has won six consecutive bouts, going back to 2007. Noons defeated Nick Diaz for the EliteXC lightweight belt back in 2007, before the promotion got Kimbo’d and collapsed. Noons was forced into a rematch after defeating Yves Edwards a few months later, but refused to accept the fight. Noons felt Diaz did nothing to deserve a rematch and a title shot and gladly accepted being stripped of the title.
Noons went on to follow his passion for boxing and did not fight in MMA for almost two years. Noons recently signed with StrikeForce in 2010 and has quickly racked up three straight victories in his return. One under the DREAM banner and two under the StrikeForce banner. Noons defeated UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel in a controversial knockout this past weekend and appeared to be in place to fight lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.
Nick Diaz (22-7) has also remained undefeated since his first meeting with Noons in 2007 and has won seven consecutive bouts during that time. Diaz has always remained hopeful that he would get his rematch with Noons, but has not been able to book the bout. Diaz has recently defeated DREAM stars Marius Zaromskis by TKO (punches) and Hayato Mach Sakurai by submission (armbar).
The Diaz vs Noons rematch is set to headline the October 9, card in San Jose, California and will feature a Womens welterweight title bout between Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen in the co-main event.