Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz won’t face rival Jason “Mayhem” Miller in his next fight and will instead try to avenge his only loss since 2006 when he rematches KJ Noons in the main event of Strikeforce’s October 9 event in San Jose.
Diaz and Miller tangled in a post-fight brawl at April’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” and had been expected to meet this fall, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently suggested the bout may not happen next as Diaz’s triathlon training would likely keep him from moving up to face the middleweight Miller.
In their first meeting in Nov. 2007, Noons upset Diaz with a first-round TKO due to cuts to win EliteXC’s lightweight title, but was stripped of the belt the following year for refusing a rematch.
After sitting out for nearly two years, Noons (12-2) joined Strikeforce and has scored three-straight wins since returning in March, including a second-round TKO of Jorge Gurgel this past Saturday at “Strikeforce: Houston”.
Diaz (22-7), meanwhile, has bounced back with seven-straight wins, claiming the title with a first-round TKO of Marius Zaromskis in January before most-recently submitting Hayato Sakurai in Japan in May.
The Showtime-televised Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons fight card also features 135-pound women’s champ Sarah Kaufman vs. Marloes Coenen and Luke Rockhold vs. Matt Lindland.