Nick Diaz retained the Strikeforce welterweight title over KJ Noons on Saturday in the main event of “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2” as he outpointed the challenger to earn a unanimous decision in a rematch of their first meeting in 2007.
Noons got off to a strong start as he connected on the champ in the opening round only to promptly be knocked to the canvas.
Though Noons recovered then connected again in a strong second round, Diaz took control of the later rounds, fighting through a cut like the one that ended their first matchup to outstrike Noons and earn a unanimous decision with scores of 48-47, 49-47, and 49-46.
In Saturday’s co-headliner, former champion Josh Thomson likely earned a rubber match with champ Gilbert Melendez despite a less-than-impressive controversial unanimous decision over Strikeforce newcomer Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante.
The card also saw Marloes Coenen claim he women’s 135-pound title with a third-round submission of champion Sarah Kaufman, while rising welterweight Tyron Woodley made quick work of Andre Galvao to start the Showtime-televised main card.
The official “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2” results were:
- Nick Diaz (c) def. KJ Noons via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46) to retain Strikeforce welterweight championship
- Josh Thomson def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Marloes Coenen def. Sarah Kaufman (c) via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 1:59 to win Strikeforce women’s 135-pound championship
- Tyron Woodley def. Andre Galvao via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:48
Pictured: Nick Diaz