Nick Diaz retains his title after defeating KJ Noons via Unanimous DecisionPosted on October 9, 2010, 11:30 PM by Anton Gurevich
Nick Diaz and KJ Noons delivered one of the best performances in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, going on a five rounds of war for the Strikeforce Welterweight Title.
KJ Noons was successful in his mission to eliminated Nick Diaz' ground game advantage, forcing his will by keeping the fight strictly on the feet. But Noons was surprised by cautious and relaxed Nick Diaz, who picked his shots and managed to hurt his opponent on various occasions. KJ Noons mainly concentrating on body shots, as Diaz' four-inch reach advantage gave Noons only a little chance to deliver a knockout blow.
Noons landed more strikes than Diaz', but it was the Cesar Gracie prodigy who managed to deliver the visibly more powerful shots in this fight. Noons clearly won the second round, cutting Nick Diaz in the process, but was unable to keep his momentum and win the fight.
In the end, Diaz is a 48-47, 49-47, 49-46 winner, defending his Strikeforce Welterweight for the first time, since beating up Marius Zromskis at Strikeforce: Miami. Nick Diaz improved his MMA record to 23-7, and more than that, he clearly solidified his place as a Top 5 Welterweight in the World.
Photo: Esther Lin / Strikeforce