EliteXC did everything they could to try and sign a fight between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons. They even went as far as threatening him by stripping him of the title if he didn’t sign the contract. Noons was beyond fighting Diaz as he told MMANews, “What gain is there for me in fighting a guy I have already beat, there is no financial gain and there is no gain for me in world rankings?”
It seems as though Noons was upset at the potential discrepancy in pay if another fight with Diaz had taken place. “Well first of all, the reason the fight with Nick never happened was because I wasn’t fighting a guy for three times less money.” Noons explained.
The fight that Noons had asked EliteXC for was actually against Eddie Alvarez but the only fight he was offered was against Diaz. With a win over Alvarez, Noons thought that it would at least move him up in the lightweight ranking but EliteXC didn’t give him the fight.
After being stripped of his title, Noons is no longer under contract with EliteXC and is now going to do freelance boxing while waiting for another opportunity to come. He’s hoping that opportunity comes with the top lightweights in the world, “I am really interested in a Takanori Gomi fight or any top lightweights at the 155lb or 160lb for that matter.”