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Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons: Where It Began – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 7th, 2010 by Matt

Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons: Where It Began
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We gave you a preview of the grudge match that’s coming up between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons in Strikeforce. Here’s the fight that started it all.

And now here’s the famous line uttered by Nick Diaz and the ensuing melee after Noons won at EliteXC: Return of the King back in June of 2008 in Hawaii. Noons just got done knocking out Yves Edwards and was getting his post-fight interview. They allowed Diaz into the cage — he had beat up Muhsin Corbbrey in the preceding fight — to create a little drama. Things got a bit out of hand.

In an article on the Strikeforce website, Noons let loose on Diaz.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity, and I think it’s a great thing for me. To be in the Strikeforce main event on Showtime, to be in line to be a two-time, two-division world champion, and getting to beat Nick again in the process… I couldn’t ask for a better fight.

I already got one up on Nick. I beat the crap out of the guy. He’s had a good run, and there’s a lot of build-up for this rematch. We’ve both improved, this is a different weight class now, he’s gotten better, I’ve gotten better, it’s a different situation. But at the end of the day, I’m a true mixed martial artist, I have respect for the sport, and I am a good role model… Nick’s good for entertainment, but I come from a family of fighters. I started early, and I have respect for martial arts. It teaches you discipline, how to become a good person, and I feel that I am.

On October 9, I’m fighting a guy that, if I had a kid, I wouldn’t want him looking up to. He’s a trash-talking, pot-smoking chump. It’s motivation for sure [to be fighting near Diaz’s hometown]. I love being the underdog. Even when I’m not, I still try to picture myself as the underdog so I train harder and push myself. Nick says he’s bringing his guys, but so am I.

They’re going to need to beef up security. This is beyond a grudge match. I’m going to light him up like a Christmas tree. He’s going to have to kill me to [to beat me]. It’s very personal.”

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