Despite his best efforts to bait Nick Diaz into a grudge match this fall, it doesn’t look like Jason “Mayhem” Miller will get his wish. Nick Diaz is going to settle an old score with KJ Noons instead, and it’s going down on Oct. 9 in San Jose at Strikeforce “Diaz vs. Noons 2.”
Late last night, The Cesar Gracie Academy’s official website, GracieFighter.com, announced that Nick Diaz and KJ Noons had verbally agreed to a rematch/welterweight title fight. Today, Strikeforce confirmed it.
Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with the bout with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said it’ll serve as the night’s main event.
With that fight set days after Mayhem openly campaigned for the Diaz fight following their brawl on CBS, the question naturally becomes, did Strikeforce book the right fight?
MMA Fighting’s Ben Fowlkes doesn’t think so. He argued that Strikeforce needed to book Diaz vs. Mayhem while the iron’s hot, and it doesn’t get much hotter than Mayhem walking around Houston last weekend with a “Don’t be scared, homie” t-shirt. Meanwhile, it’s been years since Diaz uttered that infamous line to Noons. So in that respect, I can’t disagree, but at the same time, I’ve wanted to see this rematch for 2+ years now. I still vividly remember Noons’ dad attacking Nick and his brother Nate in the cage during the infamous brawl that broke out following Noons win over Yves Edward in Hawaii. I also distinctly remember how frustrating it was that Noons wouldn’t grant Diaz a rematch because EliteXC didn’t pay him as much as Nick. So maybe I’m in the minority, but I’m actually glad Strikeforce booked Noons-Diaz 2 instead of Mayhem-Diaz. Better late than never if you ask me.