The war rages on between the camp of EliteXC lightweight champion KJ Noons and EliteXC.
Just yesterday, Noons was sent a bout agreement to defend his title against Nick Diaz in the third installment of “Saturday Night Fights” which will air live on CBS October 4th. Noons was given 24 hours to sign the agreement or he would be forced to “face public opinion” according to EliteXC VP Jared Shaw.
The fight between Noons and Diaz would be a rematch of their Oct ’07 bout wherein Noons won via doctor stoppage. Diaz had suffered multiple facial lacerations during the fight.
Noons and his manager Mark Dion did not take kindly to the ultimatum.
“The update on [the deadline] is nothing is going to happen with it,” Dion told MMAJunkie.com. “That’s what’s going to happen with that. I don’t care about how many threats [Shaw] wants to pull. We’ll be doing a press conference if EliteXC doesn’t see the light here pretty soon and if Shaw doesn’t stop talking [expletive].”
Dion also had an explanation on why he didn’t want Noons fighting Diaz.
“As far as Nick Diaz, he’s not the No. 1 contender out there,” Dion said. “To [EliteXC] he is. He’s the number one (for getting) eyeballs to (watch) them. They’re pushing on eyeballs versus a career move for a champion like KJ. KJ is really not the one who gets anything out of the fight. Diaz does and so does ProElite.”
Dion threatened a press conference if the aggression on the part of EliteXC wasn’t halted.
“We’ll do a press conference to discuss everything,” Dion said. “But there’s nothing in it for KJ unless [EliteXC] finally wakes up a little bit. That’s why we’ll have a press conference. I don’t like to talk and beat a company that’s already beat down. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully they’ll see the light.”
Noons manager wasn’t without suggestions as to who he thinks his client should be facing in the nationally televised event.
“I would think Eddie Alvarez is the No. 1 contender,” Dion said. “He’s definitely ranked higher than Nick Diaz. KJ already beat Nick Diaz.”
Many MMA fans may remember Mark Dion from his highly publicized differences with former client Brandon Vera. Vera was on the shelf for nearly a year and critics of Dion believe he was to blame. Obviously, Dion sees it differently.
“Look at Brandon Vera,” Dion said. “He had a long layoff, but he’s making more money than the No. 1 ranked [expletive] fighter in the world, Anderson Silva — or the same amount. And now Anderson Silva is getting Bud Light sponsorships from (UFC President) Dana (White) handed down to him. He’s getting to fight at 205 (pounds). He’s kind of telling them what he wants to do. Why? Because you got people like Brandon Vera, who’s on a losing streak and not performing, making more money than the most valuable guy. Who do you think negotiated that [expletive] contract a year and a half ago? And if you look at my Post-it, the one I negotiated was a $7 million deal for four years. It’s nothing close to [$100,000] and [$100,000] (as a win bonus). As far as trying to bring in the Mark Dion negatives and stuff, good luck. Show me any negatives on it. And that’s just a pitch [EliteXC] can use. But hey, I know my [expletive]. I’ve been around this sport a long, long time.”
As far as the 24-hour deadline is concerned, Dion isn’t budging.
“Forget 5 o’clock,” Dion said. “I ain’t waiting until 5 o’clock. If [EliteXC officials] are holding their breath, then someone’s going to pass out.”
“I don’t bend over for nobody, and I don’t let my fighters do it,” Dion said. “I’m not a booking agent. I don’t book my fighters and schmooze deals to work for the promoters. I work for my fighters.”
Although Noons and Dion are steadfast with their resolve, EliteXC VP has a different opinion on the situation. Shaw is even considering stripping Noons of his title should he not agree to the Diaz fight. He has also threatened to put Noons on the bench indefinitely.
“I would never rule out that possibility,” Shaw responded when asked by fiveouncesofpain.com about stripping Noons of his title. “I would say the only guarantee K.J. has is to pull up a chair and watch the event and get comfortable on that chair because he’ll be sitting for a little bit.”
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