EliteXC, the promotion that seems to be perpetually hanging by a thread, has reportedly been chomping at the bit to get lightweight champion KJ Noons back in the cage against everyone’s favorite challenger, Nick Diaz. EliteXC really needs to make a big ratings splash with their October show, and what better way to do that than feature arguably the most anticipated match in EliteXC’s short history. It seems the problem, however, is that KJ’s representation has supplied nothing but roadblocks and frustration for Jared Shaw and company.
From MMA Weekly:
“His (Diaz) recent wins have convinced EliteXC that his next fight should be a rematch with K.J. Noons at the Oct. 4 CBS show. However, it is still unclear if K.J.’s camp will take the fight.â€
…According to EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, the promotion has tried to make the fight happen and wants it to happen as part of the Oct. 4 event, but to no avail.
â€œNick Diaz is the No. 1 contender. K.J. Noons should step up and be the champion that we think he is and take this fight. Nick Diaz will take this fight any place, anywhere…(Noonsâ€™ management) wonâ€™t even return our calls.”
â€œI donâ€™t understand it. This fight on CBS is maximum exposure and the opportunity for maximum sponsorship dollars, way more than he could make on Showtime. At this point, I question his management.â€
“…For some reason (his camp) is not coming straight out and saying no, but they are making it very difficult to make it happen. His manager doesnâ€™t want us talking to him directly. Who knows what K.J. even knows about the situation, but his management is holding us hostage.â€
Noons has since responded to Shaw’s comments via MMA News:
“A few things will be settled over the next few days, but for now we’ll just let Jared Shaw go off on his little rants and let him have his fun, this isn’t bothering me. I just need a couple more days to get a this stuff worked out and then I will be able to say my piece and clear my name of everything that is being said and everything that is going on.”
EliteXC on Wednesday evening distributed a fight agreement to Noons for the bout against Diaz, according to MMA Junkie, with Noons having until 5pm PT Thursday to accept the bout or “face public opinion”.
I do not know if its a matter of money or if Noons really has a hesitation toward facing Diaz again, but this fight has been long overdue and it absolutely needs to take place on that crucial October 4th card. Even if EliteXC locks up Diaz for the show, pitting him against anyone other than KJ Noons just won’t bring in the kind of draw that the promotion needs to stay afloat. If it sounds like I’m making EliteXC out to be in utter desperation its because that’s pretty much the scenario. ProElite just filed their latest quarterly report, and let’s just say that things aren’t exactly on the up and up.