Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons
EliteXC “Return of the King”
June 14, 2008 | Neil S. Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu
Forget for a moment that the event’s title included Noons’ moniker or that it was held in his native Hawaii or that he needed just 48 seconds to stop Yves Edwards in the featured attraction. None of that mattered to Nick Diaz, who was brought into the cage to hype a future bout between the two men at the conclusion of the show’s festivities.
Noons, who defeated Diaz via doctor stoppage at EliteXC “Renegade” on Nov. 10, 2007, further antagonized the Stockton, Calif., native by asking the hometown crowd if Diaz deserved a rematch; the question was greeted by a chorus of boos, to which Diaz famously replied: “Don’t be scared, homie.”
Things quickly devolved from there, with Noons’ father jawing at the Diaz camp and vice versa. The war of words escalated into a brief scuffle and ended with both of the Diaz brothers flashing their usual brand of sign language at the top of the entrance ramp.
“The Diaz brothers: public enemies No. 1 in Hawaii,” said analyst Mauro Ranallo.
At the center of the action was Karl Noons Sr., a former professional kickboxer. In an interview with Sherdog.com, the elder Noons, despite allegedly having a bottle thrown at him by Nate Diaz, made it clear that he most definitely was not scared.
“The bottom line is those Diaz brothers are just punks from Stockton,” he said. “They’re just punks, and I hope we don’t see them out tonight.”
Nick Diaz would have last word, however, beating Noons via unanimous decision in their rematch in October 2010.
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