Nick Diaz, who was recently pulled from a DREAM welterweight title bout in anticipation of an EliteXC lightweight championship rematch against KJ Noons, will not fight Noons on the July 26th EliteXC CBS card according to MMAMania.com. Diaz, however, is still expected to fight at the event ,which will reportedly take place in his hometown of Stockton, California, though his opponent for the fight is not yet known.
Diaz (17-7), a WEC, PRIDE, and UFC veteran, has won six of his last eight bouts including a gogoplata submission victory over ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi that was later ruled a no contest due to a failed drug test. His recent wins include an EliteXC debut victory over Mike Aina, a DREAM debut TKO win over Katsuya Inoue, and, most recently, a third-round TKO of Mushin Corbbrey at a June 14th EliteXC event. His only loss over the eight-bout span came against Noons.
Noons (7-2) defeated Diaz via first-round technical knockout due to cuts in their first meeting last-November to claim the EliteXC lightweight title. A winner of his last three straight bouts, Noons last fought on June 14th defending his title with a 48-second TKO of Yves Edwards. After the bout Diaz enterered the cage and confronted Noons in hopes of receiving a rematch for the lightweight championship.
It appeared Diaz was going to get his wish in the headline bout of the July CBS card, but it now appears he will now face another opponent in July and, barring a loss, fight Noons later in the year, possibly on EliteXC’s third CBS card.