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Noons Chickens Out… Gets Stripped

K.J. Noons of the Big Island was stripped of his EliteXC world lightweight championship last night…

…”We are stripping K.J. of his championship belt for refusing to defend against Diaz,” Lappen said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation but we cannot have belt-holders who refuse to fight the top contenders. We want champions who will fight anyone, anytime, anyplace. That’s the mentality all champions should have…”

If you missed the altercation between Noons and Diaz at the Blaisdell you can see it here.  The actions starts at about 2:40 mark:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqsMYo1IWQ&hl=en&fs=1]

Noons Father speaks about what happened:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN7M0Jnee5U&hl=en&fs=1]

And this is their first fight that was for the title:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjS_-KnCkIg&hl=en&fs=1]

One Response

  1. Noons’ problems is that his rise to prominence was unexpected; he just wants to renegotiate his poor paying contract to reflect his current status as a consistent winner.

    I don’t support his actions protesting his contract.

    However, after seeing him destroy Diaz (it didn’t matter if Diaz was cut, Noons owned him) and do the same to Yves Edwards, I don’t want to see a rematch.

    Noons vs. Eddie Alvarez would be incredible. EliteXC realizes this and now wants to spite their champ by matching Alvarez against Diaz? Boring.

    No wonder ProElite is trying to sell itself to Showtime, their matchmaking stinks.

    If Noons management were smart, they would enter Noons into matches or tournaments(!) in Dream or Sengoku. Look what it did to Alvarez. The Dream tournament has turned a guy who last fought Ross Ebanez into an international superstar in a span of a few weeks.

    Damon – I still say Noons chickened out… he had a money in the bank fight and refused.

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