(Esther Lin captures the pose off magic from Noons vs Diaz 1)
A few things happened in the wee hours of the night yesterday: EliteXC booked Nick Diaz to face off against KJ Noons for their second fight, and are probably moving the event from St Louis to Stockton, California. If you’re wondering how Diaz is going to fight for EliteXC on July 26th when he’s supposed to fight for DREAM on the 21st, he’s not. EliteXC has pulled the plug on that one. And the proposed move to Stockton? Apparently promoters were concerned that a monster truck rally (for reals) would draw too many of their target audience.
Personally, I have a few issues about the Stockton thing. First of all, the California State Athletic Commission has a hate-on for Nick Diaz that burns brighter than the sun. They canceled his previous fight in California at the last second, and I doubt they’re going to let him fight again without piss, blood, and hair samples to prove he hasn’t been trying to dick around their dope testing system.
Second, I’m amazed that you can come into your fight 9 pounds overweight, have a mediocre performance, start a fight in the ring, and not only earn yourself a title shot but one in your hometown to boot. I ‘get’ that EliteXC is in a bit of a desperate position with a second CBS event basically forced on them at the last second. So they’re likely to do what they gotta do to ensure they succeed. But I also get the feeling that EliteXC would have made this move regardless of the scenario. Which is lame.
Personally, I enjoy me a bit of tomfoolery. It’s certainly more entertaining than news about random fighter X fighting random fighter Y. But it seems like we’re on a slippy slope here towards a lot of the same idiocy that took boxing down. The promoters don’t curb their dumb athletes, and their dumb athletes get dumber and dumber. Fights get ruined, controversies erupt, and people decide that MMA is bullshit and full of corrupt assholes. That’s what I see when I hear that Nick Diaz is fighting for the belt in Stockton. Which is too bad, because it all overshadows the fact that it should be a great fight.