I especially agree with the last line.
Well the verdict is pretty much in and it looks like the much anticipated rematch between Karl James Noons and Nick Diaz for the EliteXC lightweight belt on Oct. 4 is not going to happen.
It appears that we will not get to see “The Artist” paint his second proverbial masterpiece after all. On Inside MMA, Noons made it clear that he had no qualms with cutting up Nickï¿½??s face again in a rematch. It appears now that Noons was only making an attempt at “trash talking” and in fact had no desire to risk losing his belt to the former UFC vet from the beginning.
As we reported yesterday, Noons was given a 24-hour deadline to sign the bout agreement required to fight Diaz at EliteXCï¿½??s third “Primetime” event.
According to MMAJunkie.com, KJï¿½??s manager Mark Dion scoffed at the deadline, claiming that Nick Diaz is not the number one contender in the lightweight division.
The deadline extended to Noonsï¿½?? camp will end at 8pm ET tonight but apparently it wonï¿½??t matter. Dion addressed the deadline with MMA Junkie.
“The update on [the deadline] is nothing is going to happen with it,” Dion said. “Thatï¿½??s whatï¿½??s going to happen with that. I donï¿½??t care about how many threats [Shaw] wants to pull. Weï¿½??ll be doing a press conference if EliteXC doesnï¿½??t see the light here pretty soon and if Shaw doesnï¿½??t stop talking [expletive].”
Dion went on to say that Noons only wants to fight the best EliteXC can offer. So who is qualified to fight the “mighty” Karl James Noons?
Apparently Eddie Alvarez is worthy of entering the cage with the “master”. Alvarez ironically is not available at this time because he is taking personal time off.
While most fighters wouldnï¿½??t be satisfied with winning a title due to a cut, Noons is apparently at peace with the victory. In a way you canï¿½??t blame him. I sure as hell wouldnï¿½??t want to step into the ring with an even more motivated and angrier Nick Diaz. You can be sure that things wouldnï¿½??t go as smoothly the second time around.
To sum things up, Dion had a message for anyone anticipating the 5pm PT deadline:
“Forget 5 oï¿½??clock,” Dion said. “I ainï¿½??t waiting until 5 oï¿½??clock. If [EliteXC officials] are holding their breath, then someoneï¿½??s going to pass out.”
The bottom line is this: A true champion will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. It appears that Karl James Noons is not the true champion we thought he was.