Diaz vs. Noons rematch likely to take place on July 26th in Stockton, CA
The website GracieFighter.com has revealed that a planned welterweight title bout between Hayato Sakurai and Nick Diaz that had been scheduled for July 21 in Osaka, Japan during DREAM.5, has been canceled by EliteXC.
GracieFighter.com, a site owned and operated by Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, indicated that EliteXC made the decision to cancel the bout due to “contractual obligations.”
While no official announcement has been made, multiple sources have informed Five Ounces of Pain that rematch between Diaz and K.J. Noons for Noons’ EliteXC lightweight title is expected to be added to the promotion’s next primetime broadcast on CBS on July 26.
Sources have also indicated that plans to hold “Unfinished Business” in St. Louis have been scrapped and that the July 26 show is now likely to be held in at the Stockton Arena in Diaz’s hometown of Stockton, Calif.
According to an unnamed source, it’s considered likely that the event is being moved from St. Louis due to a concern that several major sporting events are already scheduled to take place in the city during a close proximity to the July 26 event.
One of the chief concerns in hosting the event in St. Louis is that there is a large Monster Truck rally that already has had tickets on-sale for an extended period of time. The belief is that due the concentration of events taking place around that same time period that ticket sales might suffer.
By moving the event to Stockton, EliteXC will be able to capitalize on the local drawing power of not only Diaz, but Jake Shields as well, who is scheduled to compete for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title vs. an unnamed opponent.
EliteXC: Unfinished Business will headlined by a EliteXC middleweight title rematch between incumbent Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith.
Kimbo Slice vs. Brett Rogers Confirmed For October
Brett Rogers has asked and now he shall receive. The undefeated EliteXC heavyweight prospect hailing from Minnesota called out Kimbo Slice after the EliteXC/CBS show in which both men fought.
Rogers asserted during the post fight press conference that Kimbo had lost his fight to James Thompson due to tap out and that the popular Bas Rutten protege was garbage. A melee ensued and the two men had to be separated by security. Days later Rogers' camp issued an open letter stating their case for a match up with the much hyped internet sensation and now their wish has been granted.
MMA Quick Quote: Nick Diaz wants to f**k everbody up
“I’m trying to fight every … I’m trying to fight (Hayato) Sakurai, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight Anderson Silva, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Georges (expletive) St. (expletive) Pierre. I’m trying to fight … I didn’t mean to call Georges a (expletive), but I ain’t got no problem getting there and fighting the best people in the world. Georges is a nice guy. I’m trying to fight Jon Fitch, I’m trying to fight Silva, I’m trying to fight K.J. Noons, I’m trying to fight everybody. I’m trying to fight Takanori Gomi, Sakurai, I’m trying to (expletive) everybody up. (Expletive) this (expletive). This is (expletive) gangster (expletive) warfare. I don’t give a (expletive). You know what I mean?”
Nick Diaz: The Grudge Is Real
Nick Diaz hates doing interviews. But after Saturday's confrontation with KJ Noons at the EliteXC event, it's clear there's plenty of hate between him & Noons as Diaz notes there have been other confrontations since, with Noons apparently instigating said confrontations. Obviously Diaz has less-than-kind words towards Noons and the situation.
Noons talks title fight and Diaz fiasco
Last Saturday night, K.J. Noons earned not only his first victory as EliteXC lightweight champion, but he also gained the respect of numerous fans and critics who questioned if the Hawaiian native was the real deal or a flash in the pan after his win over Nick Diaz to win the title late last year.
Noons stunned his opponent, Yves Edwards, early in the first round before following up with some devastating punches on the ground to get the fight stopped in under a minute.
“You know it’s just one of those things,” said Noons during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night. “You get caught and I had to capitalize on it.
“He threw a punch, it caught me, and I was backing up. He was coming for a flurry, and he kind of came in and had his hands down. He was squared up, I countered his attack, and it landed on a flush spot. I just had to follow up with that.”
Following the fight, Noons celebrated in the cage after successfully defending the title in his home state, along with his father and extended family who attended the event to support their champion.
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July 26th EliteXC Event to Be Titled "Unfinished Business" (+ Semtex Fighting?)
Joining an announced rematch between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith at Unfinished Business on July 26 are Jake Shields and Antonio Silva, each of whom may fight to raise the card's title bouts to three.
According to EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw, Shields' opponent for the newly created 170-pound title will be determined this week. Potential challengers include International Fight League champion Jay Hieron, former Bodog champ Nick Thompson, or the recently motivated Paul Daley.
Shields was in line to fight Drew Fickett for the vacant title before injuries nixed the bout. If Silva appears on the card (it's not a guarantee that he will, right now) he could face IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, or Robert "Buzz" Berry, who knocked out Ken Shamrock in March.
Jake Shields to fight for EliteXC welterweight title on July 26
EliteXC welterweight Jake Shields (20-4-1) will finally get a chance to fight for the organization's 170-pound title.
EliteXC officials tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Shields will next fight during the organization's second CBS show, which takes place July 26 -- possibly in St. Louis.
Two previously scheduled title fights between Shields and former UFC fighter Drew Fickett (34-5) fell apart due to injuries, and it now looks like Shields could fight either Nick Thompson (36-9-1) or Jay Hieron (15-4) for the first-ever title.
"EliteXC: Unfinished Business" was announced over the weekend (see: event announcement), and the event will feature a headline bout between EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler (15-4) and Scott Smith (13-4). In addition to that title fight and Shields', Antonio Silva (10-1) may also fight for the the heavyweight belt against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Shields, perhaps the only top-10 welterweight not under contract to Zuffa, is 2-0 with EliteXC and has won nine straight fights, which included stops with BodogFIGHT and Rumble on the Rock. His list of victims includes top UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami, WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit, former UFC champ Dave Menne, and most recently, Xtreme Couture fighter Mike Pyle. In late 2007, he signed a long-term deal with EliteXC -- with the promise he would get to fight for the title.
Shields had been scheduled to fight Fickett in March at a Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted show, but a back injury forced Shields out of the title fight. It was then rescheduled for June at this past weekend's "EliteXC: Return of the King" event, but Fickett pulled out of the show with injury. Oddly, though, Fickett picked up a victory June 7 at Rage in the Cage 111 -- and EliteXC officials are well aware of it.
With Fickett now apparently on the outs with the organization, Shields' camp expects him to fight either Thompson, who reigned as a BodogFIGHT veteran before the organization unceremoniously shut down, or Hieron, one of the International Fight League's most notable fighters. (Considering Thompson's 12-fight win streak and notoriety from fighting in the UFC, he'd probably be the most marketable opponent for Shields.)
As it stands today, EliteXC has just two title-holders: middleweight champ Lawler and lightweight title-holder KJ Noons. The potential addition of two more -- and crowning them in front a national TV audience -- would be a solid step for the organization.
EliteXC's first "Saturday Night Fights" event on May 31 featured Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's third-round TKO of James Thompson, and a controversial no-contest (due to an eye poke) between Lawler and Smith. The broadcast peaked with more than 6.5 million viewers (and averaged 4.9 million viewers), which promoted CBS executives to ask for a quick follow-up event.
Nick Diaz goes off about everything
“Before we get started, I want to say that I know there are a lot of people and everybody is trying to protect the sport. And everybody wants to be sportsmen and that type of thing where everybody shakes hands and everybody is great friends and whatever. And that’s great. But you know what, this sport is (expletive) established. That’s obvious. There are people out there doing a great job making it look like a non-violent sport. That’s not my job. My job is warfare. I’m over here to (expletive) kill. We’re mortal enemies until we fight and then we can shake hands and be cool. But until then, if I’m signed to fight you I don’t (expletive) like you and I hate you’re (expletive) guts and we’re fighting until we’re cool. We’re not cool until I win or I lose and we can settle this. So that’s how I am about this sort of thing."
Drew Fickett fiasco puts Elite XC title fight against Jake Shields in doubt
Drew Fickett and Jake Shields were supposed to hook ‘em up at “Return of the King” this past weekend to crown the first-ever 170-pound champion for the mixed martial arts promotion.
However, Fickett had to withdraw from the June 14 fight because of an alleged injury, postponing the bout for the second time (an injury to Shields was the reason for the first cancellation).
This where things get a little funny.
It seems the injury to Fickett’s knee — his reason for bowing out of the fight against Shields at the Hawaii show — wasn’t as bad as he originally thought.
At least not severe enough to keep him from fighting on June 7.
Apparently “The Master” — without Pro Elite’s knowledge — competed in local a Rage in the Cage 111 event one week prior to the Elite XC show, submitting Jeff Horlacher with a first round guillotine.
So here’s the question: How can a fighter be fit enough to fight on June 7, but not June 14?
Even if Fickett thought he could defeat Horlacher at less than 100 percent it still makes no sense. Or, perhaps he felt his non-exclusive contract meant he was just free to fight whoever and wherever without telling anybody.
‘Elbow Room' Remains for Controversy
What exactly constitutes an illegal elbow to the back of the head?
It depends who you ask.
That's the hot topic off the heels of June 7's Nate Marquardt-Thales Leites (Pictures) fight at UFC 85 in London, where referee Herb Dean (Pictures) took a point from Marquardt for illegal elbows, and the deductions made the difference on the scorecards. Leites, who was otherwise on the short end of a competitive but uphill battle, took a split duke by scores of 28-27, 28-27 and 27-28.
Herb was right!
EliteXC gets into the family act by signing brother fighting duo
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that EliteXC signed a pair of top fight prospects over the weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii while conducting its “Return of the King” event.
According to Mike Camp of F1 Management, the promotion has inked both Torrance Taylor (pictured) and Tiawan Howard to three-fight, one-year contracts. The half-brothers both train out of Ohio and had been considered two of the best unsigned prospects in the region until signing with EliteXC.
EliteXC Gets A Bit Rosi
That's actually not a typo, but a reference to British female fighter Rosi Sexton, who has signed an exclusive 3-fight deal with EliteXC. She's scheduled to make her EXC debut this summer after an 8-1 career record so far, with the one loss coming against EXC's own Gina Carano.
Carano moves to 145 lbs class
They are also looking at a women's match, featuring Shayna Baszler (9-4). The winner of that match would most likely face Carano in October to create the company's first women's champion, in a 145-pound weight class.
"I don't believe Gina Carano can make 140 pounds," said Gary Shaw, after Carano came in at 144.5 pounds on May 31 for her 140-pound weight class win over Kaitlin Young. Carano had to forfeit 12.5 percent of her purse to Young as a result of not making weight.
James Thompsom interview
Like many MMA fighters, James Thompson is open and honest when discussing his career. The unassuming nature of fighters is one of the sport's greatest qualities, and it's a refreshing change from the clichés and platitudes by an infinite number of pretentious athletes in more established sports.
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: ELITE XC "RETURN OF THE KING"
Elite XC Lightweight Championship Bout:
KJ Noons vs. Yves Edwards
EliteXC lightweight (160-pound limit) champion K.J. Noons defends his title against American Top Team lightweight Yves Edwards. Noons has a 6-2 record and trains out of the City Boxing Gym in California. Edwards has a 34-13-1 record and trains out of the American Top Team with Gesias “JZ” Calvancante.
Noons stopped Nick Diaz at EliteXC: Renegade to become the lightweight champion, while Edwards comes off a knockout victory over Edson Berto at EliteXC: Street Certified.
Nick Diaz misses weight plus Elite weigh in pics
[2008-06-13] EliteXC: Weigh-ins - Hawaii - Weigh-ins for EliteXC's Return of the King at Fashion 45 club in Waikiki. First up is Rafael Feijao and Wayne Cole, both weighing in at 205. Then Dave Herman weighs in at 243.5, Ron Waterman at 263. Ninja Rua at 184, Tony Bonello at 185. Nick Diaz is over at 169.5 while his opponent Muhsin Corbbrey weighs in at 163.5. Champ KJ Noons weighs in at 160, Challenger Yves Edwards, weighs in at 158.5.