As of right now, K.J. Noons doesn’t have an official nickname, but after Saturday night, he’s hoping to change that and become “The Belt Collector.”
Moving up a weight class to face Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title on Saturday night, Noons is quick to point out that he’s willing to fight at whatever weight class the promotion chooses for him, but 155 pounds will always be his home.
As a matter of fact, Noons is looking to add more title belts to his collection if he takes the 170-pound title from Diaz.
“155 is my weight class. That’s what I’m supposed be fighting for, the 155-pound title, as my next fight,” Noons told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “This fight they gave me this shot so I couldn’t turn them down. It is really hard for me to make 155, I’m not going to lie. I have to go through a whole body transformation.”
Not having to adhere to such a strict diet for this fight camp allowed Noons to put on more muscle, while maintaining his power and speed. He believes that will allow him to beat Diaz for a second time, taking a second title from his former EliteXC rival.
Make no bones about it, Noons has plans to take home many title belts in the future. After the welterweight belt in Strikeforce, he’s happy to challenge for the lightweight title there, and then maybe take home a couple boxing titles to boot.
“Once I win that welterweight championship, I’ll just be collecting belts,” Noons joked. “Yeah, throw Gilbert (Melendez) on that list, I’ll just start collecting belts.”
Currently Melendez has been awaiting word about his next fight, although all signs point to the Strikeforce champion traveling overseas to face Shinya Aoki in December. If he returns home victorious over Aoki for a second time, Noons is happy to head up the welcoming committee.
First things first though, Noons has to dispatch of Melendez’s teammate, Nick Diaz, and he’s not looking past that challenge in any way, shape, or form.
“That’s my weight division, 155. Let’s just concentrate on Nick Diaz Oct. 9, and then we’ll go from there,” he said.
Noons will try to add to his title collection starting with the Diaz fight Saturday night in San Jose, Calif., and if successful it’s hard to imagine Strikeforce not opting for a showdown between him and Melendez down the road.