KJ Noons: "Nick Diaz is a trash-talking, pot-smoking chump"Posted on September 3, 2010, 10:09 AM by Anton Gurevich
Number one contender for the Strikeforce Welterweight Title KJ Noons threw the first "verbal punch" ahead of his October 9th clash against Nick Diaz, labeling the Strikeforce 170-pound Champion a "trash-talking, pot-smoking chump". The two met for the last time three years ago at EliteXC: Renegade, where Noons defeated Diaz to become the Elite XC Lightweight Champion. Here's what KJ Noons had to say to Strikeforce.com:
"I couldn't ask for a better fight. I already got one up on Nick. I beat the crap out of the guy. He's had a good run, and there's a lot of build-up for this rematch. We've both improved, this is a different weight class now, he's gotten better, I've gotten better, it's a different situation. But at the end of the day, I'm a true mixed martial artist, I have respect for the sport, and I am a good role model... Nick's good for entertainment, but I come from a family of fighters. I started early, and I have respect for martial arts. It teaches you discipline, how to become a good person, and I feel that I am.
On October 9, I'm fighting a guy that, if I had a kid, I wouldn't want him looking up to. He's a trash-talking, pot-smoking chump. It's motivation for sure [to be fighting near Diaz's hometown]. I love being the underdog. Even when I'm not, I still try to picture myself as the underdog so I train harder and push myself. Nick says he's bringing his guys, but so am I. They're going to need to beef up security. This is beyond a grudge match. I'm going to light him up like a Christmas tree. He's going to have to kill me to [to beat me]. It's very personal."
In his last fight KJ Noons defeated Jorge Gurgel, improving his record to 10-2. Noons' only losses were against the Krazy Horse Charles Bennett and Buddy Clinton (not the dog, the fighter). As for Diaz, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion is unbeaten since his fight against KJ Noons, occupying a Top 5 WW slot on most MMA rankings. Strikeforce: Diaz vs Noons II will take place at the at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
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