Strikeforce lightweight/welterweight fighter KJ Noons spoke with members of the media this afternoon on a conference call in promotion of the upcoming Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II fight card. Noons, a pro boxer in addition to being an MMA fighter, used a football metaphor to describe his gameplan when taking on Diaz; which is basically to get right in the Stockton native’s face at the first bell and never to relent.
“Let me put it like this, for anyone that played any level of football, in high school or whatever,” said Noons. “My game plan is to run it up the middle, try to stop me. That’s it. That’s how I fight every time. I’m coming right at you win or lose. Nick Diaz is all over the place, to keep the football analogy going, he’s out there running all these crazy plays. We’ll see who’s strategy works best come October 9.”
Noons and Diaz have met once before, at EliteXC: Renegade in November of 2007 where Noons took home a somewhat controversial TKO win due to multiple cuts Diaz sustained during the fight. Noons only has one loss on his professional record, a knockout defeat to Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett that dates back to his EliteXC debut in February of 2007. Noons is currently on a six-fight winning streak which includes the win over Diaz as well as wins over Conor Heun, Yves Edwards, and most recently, Jorge Gurgel.