Much of the MMA community, including myself, believed a July 26 EliteXC/CBS bout between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons was all but officially announced a few days ago. That quickly changed when a report came out that Diaz would not be fighting Noons on July 26, shortly followed by another report that Diaz would be facing Thomas Denny at “Unfinished Business” instead.
So what exactly was EliteXC’s reasoning behind this surprising twist of events? Fightline.com has the answers.
EliteXC feels that a Diaz-Noons match up on the July 26 card would be too soon for Noon’s who just endured a grueling training camp in preparation for his title fight with Yves Edwards and could use a little time off. The grudge match between Diaz and Noons could also benefit from some added buildup according to EliteXC VP and Matchmaker Jared Shaw.
“A fight of that magnitude deserves a long built up. Thats a main event in and of itself. The world wants to see that fight after what went down between the two of them. Also, Noon’s just came off of a really tough camp, the best camp of his life really, and it may be a little to soon to put him in against someone of Diaz’s caliber fresh after preparing for a (five round) title fight.”
“If we close the deal on the guy we’re looking at signing on to fight Antonio “Junior” Silva then we’ll definitely be crowning EliteXC’s first heavyweight champion. So we may be looking at three title fights already and to add another one wouldn’t fit in time-wise. There were a lot of reason’s why it made sense to hold off on that fight for now.”
There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.
The latest EliteXC “Unfinished Business” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.