Despite losing a relatively close fight to Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz last night at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II via unanimous decision, KJ Noons is in no hurry looking for a rubber match. The bout was a rematch of their 2007 EliteXC lightweight title fight, which Noons won via doctor stoppage due to cuts.
“He beat me fair and square, and he was the better man tonight,” Noons said after the fight. “Congrats, Nick.”
Despite the loss, Noons said that he was happy to have had a good fight, and revealed that he suffered a broken hand and jaw during the bout.
“I fought all five rounds, so I think that says a lot about my character and what type of fighter I am,” he stated at the post-fight press conference. “My hand is broken; I think I broke it in the second round. My jaw was broken in the first round.”
Noons had taken a two-year hiatus from the sport to focus on his career as a professional boxer. However, Diaz was able to get the better of Noons in the stand-up department to garner the unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the bout 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.
“He’s a solider,” he said. “He beat me from the judges’ point of view. I felt like it was a good fight. I like to put on good shows. I’ve got to go back and look at the fight and evaluate. I always feel like I won. I fought all five rounds. He had a great game plan.”
Despite having split victories with Diaz, Noons isn’t demanding a rematch.
“So if he feels that I have to win a few fights for a rubber match, I’m down for whatever. I don’t really care. I just want to fight and put on exciting fights, and be the best I can be.”