by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Nick Diaz lost his bid to capture the vacant EliteXC lightweight title when he was TKO’d by K.J. Noons in November of 2007. He now has a chance at redemption.
That’s according to GracieFighter.com, the website of Diaz’s trainer and manager Cesar Gracie. GracieFighter.com reported that both fighters have verbally agreed to a rematch on Oct. 9 when Strikeforce returns to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
“Yes, this fight is set for Oct. 9,” Mike Afromowitz, Strikeforce Director of Communications, later confirmed to MMAWeekly.com.
This time around, Diaz (22-7) will have the added motivation of a belt around his waist coming into the bout. He currently holds the Strikeforce welterweight championship, riding a seven-fight winning streak. In fact, his last loss was to Noons. His victories since include: Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, Marius Zaromskis, and Hayato Sakurai.
Noons (10-2) will enter the fight riding a six-fight winning streak. He had a near two-year layoff from mixed martial arts following the demise of EliteXC, but has won three-straight on his return, including his most recent against Jorge Gurgel.
The win over Gurgel was Noons’ second for Strikeforce, setting up the rematch with Diaz.
“I think that’s an interesting match, me and Diaz,” said Noons. “He wants it, I want it. I think that would be a good match.”
Evidently, so does Strikeforce.
Afromowitz noted that tickets for the event are already set to go on sale to Strikeforce newsletter subscribers on Wednesday and to the general public on Saturday.