Noons: “Hype me! Stop hypin’ fuckin’ Nick Diaz.”

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Besides “Wildman” Thomas Denny (26-17) himself, it’s fair for Fighters.com to speculate that no one wanted Denny to kick Nick Diaz’s (18-7) ass last month in Stockton, east of San Francisco, more than EliteXC 160-Pound Champion “King Karl” Karl James Noons (7-2).

Diaz won, setting up a probable title rematch versus Noons in October.

Noons spoke exclusively to Fighters.com about being the first fighter in mixed martial arts who’s been asked to avenge a win.

Noons photo courtesy of ProElite.

Fighters.com: Do you know who made the decision at EliteXC to invite Nick Diaz into the cage after you knocked out Yves Edwards (34-14-1)?

K.J. Noons: No.  Do you?

Fighters.com: No.  I was wondering if you asked around, like, “Who’s the asshole?”

K.J. Noons: I…I don’t know.  Probably someone from ProElite, er…EliteXC.

Fighters.com: You told Inside MMA you weren’t happy about it.  Do you think that’s just what promoters do to hype fights; or, do you take it more personal?

K.J. Noons: Um…you know, if they want to hype a fight, that’s cool.  And…you know, whatever.  Hype me!  Shit!  Stop hypin’ fuckin’ Nick Diaz.  What the fuck!?

Fighters.com: Your knockout of Edwards was a dominating win over a veteran of the sport and it should’ve put the nail in the Diaz coffin, but it was overshadowed by the incident in the cage and only made a rematch with Diaz more inevitable and promotable.

K.J. Noons: Yeah…I don’t know man.  That’s my real feeling.  Whatever, man.  I’m just going to fight whoever they’re going to put in front of me.  I just want to…I mean, I really don’t have a lot of fights.  I’m kind of a new kid on the block, if you want to say, with a title…

Fighters.com: With a title created for Nick.  The whole 160-pound class was created for Nick, right?  Then you came in and beat Nick and ProElite doesn’t know what to do.

K.J. Noons:  Yeah, I mean, it’s kind of a funny story, you know?  Some people look at the whole big picture and they get it and some people don’t.  But, you pretty much nailed it on the head.

Fighters.com: Are you at all entertained by the Diaz brothers?  Their antics are classic combat theatre.  You can’t make it up.  Or, when it’s directed at you, is it just annoying?

K.J. Noons: It’s like these reality shows, man.  You can’t script stuff like that.  It’s hilarious, but at the same time I’m kind of sick of it.  Hey, man, you know what?  Some people are going to like me; some people are going to hate me.  Same thing goes for them.  In every business, boxing, whatever you do, you’re going to have all kinds of characters.  You’re going to have people who are good, bad, stupid, smart, so, you know, it’s whatever.  I’m not a fan of it, but some people are, so…

Fighters.com: Why doesn’t Nick deserve a rematch?  A lot of fans say a stoppage on cuts isn’t a legit stoppage?  The bottom line is that you’re never going to put Diaz in the past without a rematch.

K.J. Noons: Like I said, I want to fight…I want to just get better and keep on improving myself and fighting top guys in the world.

Fighters.com: You don’t think Diaz helps you improve?

K.J. Noons: He doesn’t, but…who knows?  Money talks.  Right?  I’ve got to pay my bills, so, if that’s what people want to see…if people want to see that, then, you know…but, right now I want to get better.  I don’t think I really have anything to gain off that except for a big check.

Fighters.com: Who is the EliteXC #1 contender if Nick isn’t?

K.J. Noons:  [ProElite has] so many organizations, they can make a fight happen, if they want to stay in EliteXC or go out, they have all of these other organizations that they’re supposed to be trying to unify and do all this stuff.  I’ll leave that up to them.  There are some pretty big name people out there that they can get their hands on.

Fighters.com: I was at Strikeforce and, after “Punk” Josh Thomson(15-2) beat “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez (14-2), Thomson said he had hoped Edwards would win so they could rematch and unify titles.  Would you like to take Thomson up on the idea of unifying titles?

K.J. Noons: Yeah, I’d love to unify titles.  I think he’s a great fighter.  I think he’s a great guy.  I think that’d be a first step towards unifying some organizations and seeing who is the top guy out there.  I think people would want to see that.  I think our styles match-up very well too.  He’s another guy out there that I think would be a great fight.

Fighters.com: Does the knockout loss to “Krazy Horse” Charles Bennett (21-14-2) still linger; or, could you go the rest of your career without avenging that and be fine?

K.J. Noons:  I’d actually love to fight that guy.  I just don’t think EliteXC wants to give a guy like that a shot.  But, that fight will definitely happen down the line for me.

Fighters.com: There were reports that ProElite Live Events President Gary Shaw was on his way out of EliteXC.  What do you know?

K.J. Noons: Pretty much what you guys read, I’m reading on the Internet just like you.

Fighters.com: Do you have more than a business relationship with Shaw?  Do you consider him a friend?

K.J. Noons: Business.

Fighters.com: It seems like CBS is running the show at EliteXC more and more now…

K.J. Noons: Well, that’s good.  Maybe they’ll appreciate who they have.  My contract is up in November.  You know what I mean?  So, maybe they’ll appreciate someone who doesn’t flick the cameras off and can talk on CBS.  I mean, that shit will fly on Showtime.  You can say whatever you want to say, but…we’ll see.  Maybe they still want to promote pot-smokin’, middle finger, street-fightin’…I don’t know.  Maybe it’s not the organization for me, maybe it is.  I’ve got the belt, so… Hopefully they’ll want to keep me.  I do like them.  I want to stay.  As long as I’m the champion, I want to stay, so hopefully they can see the value in me.  And like I said, in November, my contract is up.  I’ve got two more fights and that’s it.

Fighters.com: Do you have any ambition of being the first two combat sport champion in both MMA and boxing?  A throwback to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders?  Or, is that just too hard to do in combat sports?

K.J. Noons: If I put my time in and keep on pursuing that and be serious about it, I think I can achieve that.  That is definitely one of my goals.  I’m a two sport person, but I’m so occupied with this right now.  Hopefully I’ll have more time towards the end of the year and after the first of the year to start boxing a lot more.  Or, maybe crossover.  I don’t know.  I think I’m a better boxer than I am in MMA.

Fighters.com: Do you think you’ll be in a boxing ring somewhere and Nick will show up and want to box you?

K.J. Noons: Oh man…yeah, who knows?  Who knows?  Call WWE!

Fighters.com: Thanks for the interview.  Anything else?

K.J. Noons: Check out KJNoons.com or CityBoxing.com.  Thanks to my family and friends and all the fans out there.


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