EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw has informed MMA Junkie that a rumored rematch between EliteXC lightweight champion KJ Noons and Nick Diaz is “definitely not happening” on October 4th, EliteXC’s next scheduled nationally-televised event on CBS.
EliteXC this week set a 24-hour deadline for Noons to accept the bout against Diaz but the deadline passed and the promotion has now opted to scrap the bout.
“KJ Noons versus Nick Diaz is definitely not happening on Oct. 4. I still believe KJ Noons can defend his title,” Shaw told MMA Junkie. “I still believe KJ Noons is a man of honor. He comes from a great family, a fighting family. He’s a great kid. He’s a great athlete. I think he’s just being mismanaged right now.”
Shaw, desperate to book the heated grudge match to provide a boost for the struggling promotion, called on Noons to defend the lightweight title.
“I think you’re a champion. I don’t think you’re scared of Nick Diaz,” said Shaw. “I would like you to prove that to the world — that you are the champion that we believe you are. EliteXC 100 percent believes that you can win this fight. We 100 percent believe Nick Diaz can win the fight. We 100 percent believe that together you make a spectacular fight. KJ Noons, please wake up and smell that beautiful Hawaiian coffee. We want you to fight. We believe in you. Believe in yourself, and defend this belt.”