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Punching playbook: Nick Diaz says that KJ Noons beat him because of some ‘lucky shots’

By Zach Arnold | October 4, 2010

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This is an interview by Strikeforce with Nick Diaz. It’s only five minutes long, but you must watch this (if you haven’t already). Entertaining. He just buries KJ Noons and Mayhem Miller here. You can tell he is really pissed about what Miller is doing in Japan.

“I’m just happy to get this show on the road, you know, and this guy’s finally ready to fight me so… I just want a chance to actually get a fair chance, you know, to fight. Like before, you know I’m landing more punches. This guy… he lands some lucky shots and opened up some cuts and they stopped the fight, but I was far from done fighting so… you know, I’m just happy to be able to, win or lose, I just want to fight for real. If I’m going to lose, I’m going to lose for real and I’m ready for my ass-whupping if I’m going to take an ass-whupping, you know, I’m ready but let me take my ass-whupping if that’s how it’s going to be, you know, because I’m ready for it. I was born for it, so I’m ready for that. I get paid for that and there’s plenty of people out there who want to see me take an ass-whupping, so…

“That’s the thing for me, even though we fought the first time, you know, I wasn’t excited about that fight. That’s why I was running in on him like that and I took those punches because I was angry and I was careless and I was rushing in because, you know, I’m used to fighting all really good opponents, you know, I had no idea who this guy was and he wasn’t important and it’s really embarrassing to me because they put a title up and they say, here, fight this guy, and then he gets excited and starts hitting me, running around in circles and it makes me angry so I started running and chasing him around and like, you know, he just had no business being in the main event of a show anyways, who was he? Nobody knew who KJ Noons was. You know, he got knocked out one time by one important guy that’s not important, you know, got knocked out by Krazy Horse and I beat guys that beat him so… that’s the thing, you know, I’m not excited about fighting people who aren’t good. That’s the thing about fighting (Mayhem) Miller, you know… I have no problem taking a fight with Miller, you know, the thing is just why does he get to fight me? Everybody thinks that, you know, I don’t understand that because he just keeps losing, you know, and then he gets to fight me because I’m not important, right? So… you know… and like he goes to Japan, he takes fights like with guys like just ridiculous opponents, you know, and then makes a joke out of ’em, he goes in there and punches and hitting them, you know, for what? This guy’s just trying to, you know, he’s got that warrior spirit inside of him, he’s come out trying to do his best and you know you can finish this guy, but you’re just going to hit him and make a joke out of that whole thing, you know. I think that’s [expletive], man, you know, like I’ve never took a fight like that in my life. I’d never do that, it’d be embarrassing for me, you know, and if something like that were to take place, I would finish the fight, you know, and in a respectful manner and just get the job done. He’s sitting in there wearing zebra pants punching on the guy, acting like a fool, you know…”

As for the Strikeforce show this weekend in San Jose, there’s little to no buzz for the event. They couldn’t have picked a worse time to run the show given the fact that the whole Bay Area is in mania mode right for the SF Giants. All the oxygen belongs to the Giants. (Just ask the Raiders, who drew 30,000 in Oakland on Sunday.) Wednesday and Thursday are playoff games for SF at home, then they play Saturday in Atlanta. Strikeforce has tried their best PR-wise on Comcast Sportsnet with multiple Josh Thomson interviews and PR tie-ins (along with Showtime ad buys), but this is a losing effort right now for getting the attention of sports fans in the market.

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15 Responses to “Punching playbook: Nick Diaz says that KJ Noons beat him because of some ‘lucky shots’”

  1. Fluyid says:

    “Las Vegas firm Zuffa Entertainment has pumped $74,600 into Cuomo’s campaign coffers — and hopes the Democrat will use his political muscle to bend the Legislature into approving the controversial cage fights in New York.

    Zuffa — which operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting — did not contribute to Republican candidate Carl Paladino.”

    That’s an all-or-nothing strategy. Who is going to win tthat election?

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    I would like to see Dan Hardy fight Chris Lytle. Or at least the winner of Hardy/Condit fight him.

    There is little to no buzz for the Strikeforce show for a few reasons:

    1) It’s only a 7 fight show.

    2) The main card is decent but nothing special.

    3) Noons & Diaz are not draws, no matter how vocal Diaz fans are.

    4) They took the entire month of September off. That completely kills momentum.

    5) UFC is causing fatigue for all fans. It has effected both the UFC and their competitors.

    Lesnar/Velasquez is being shown in the theaters. I saw an ad for it on some website. Only $15 again for my local theater. Beats paying $45 for the PPV.

  3. 45 Huddle says:

    It also looks like Strikeforce won’t be in CBS anytime soon….

    I wonder if they can afford some of their contracts without CBS….

  4. Mark says:

    If Dana’s announcement is anything but a WEC-UFC merger, then I hope nobody ever shows up to cover one of his announcements ever again, because there is nothing else big involving WEC.

    And if it’s for WEC action figures, I hope somebody kicks him in the balls. And since this isn’t Japan, he gets no trainer ball massage to speed up recovery.

    • 45 Huddle says:

      Dana White announcements are 95% of the time pointless and useless. It shouldn’t take this time for anybody to learn that.

  5. David M says:

    I fear Dana’s “big” announcement is that they are merging the UFC and WEC 155 divisions. Whoopty fucking doo. If they have any sense they will fold WEC into UFC..

  6. 45 Huddle says:

    WEC: Aldo/Gamburyan got 486,000 viewers. Which is slightly below Zach’s question of if they would break 500,000.

    It has to be seen as a positive, but anything under a million really means a MMA show isn’t getting the casual fans and is barely registering on the MMA radar….

  7. robthom says:

    Ceasar Gracie is being more realistic about what happened to Diaz than that statement.

    (Although the relation of any Diaz statement to reality is usually debatable.)

    Diaz looked like SH!T in that fight!

    Combined with noons getting his skills up to speed and thats all there was to it.

    Diaz was was moving in slow motion, telegraphing every shoot and strike something awful, and just ended up receiving a plain old fashioned school yard ass kicking.

    Luckily for Diaz, whether he ever accepts the reality of that night, he hasn’t looked that bad again since then. And has actually looked pretty good recently.

    That was a low ebb.

    He seems to get them sometimes like the Sherk fight, and probably the first jeremy jackson fight (he definitely looked bad in that one, but I dont know if he was just a different fighter back then).

    I’m not sure who I pick in this one.
    I know who I want to win.

    Should be a burner though.
    Neither guy is gonna be fooling around in this one.

    • edub says:

      I understand where your point is coming from, but I think you need to watch the fight again. Diaz actually didn’t land too much less than Noons did. He got smacked with a couple hard shots, went down from one of em, and got cut in the process. That was the first part of the round. The second had Nick stalking KJ, start to land some nice hooks, and even got a takedown at the end of the round. the only part that could be compared to an ass kicking is the cuts.

      It was a nice round for KJ. But that’s all it was, a nice round with a guy who was fighting 10 lbs (and IMO 25 lbs) under his best weight class.

      Diaz won’t have any trouble in this fight. He is going up against a guy who usually fights at 155 (and never beat anyone ranked above 20 there). KJ is going to get annihilated.

  8. klown says:

    Lytle vs the winner of Hardy-Condit is a good fight. The winner gets a solid spot in the WW Top 5, behind GSP, Fitch, Alves and Hughes.


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