Despite the fact that no one wanted to see this fight and we were all looking forward to Diaz squaring off with Mayhem Miller, we're in for some entertaining build up and probably an even better fight. Noons has fired the first shot against Diaz saying this:
"I already got one up on Nick. I beat the crap out of the guy. He’s had a good run, and there’s a lot of build-up for this rematch. We’ve both improved, this is a different weight class now, he’s gotten better, I’ve gotten better…it’s a different situation. But at the end of the day, I’m a true mixed martial artist, I have respect for the sport, and I am a good role model… Nick’s good for entertainment, but I come from a family of fighters. I started early, and I have respect for martial arts. It teaches you discipline, how to become a good person, and I feel that I am. On October 9th, I’m fighting a guy that, if I had a kid, I wouldn’t want him looking up to. He’s a trash-talking, pot-smoking chump… This is beyond a grudge match. I’m going to light him up like a Christmas tree. He’s going to have to kill me to lose. It’s very personal."
Emphasis from Middle Easy. I find it kind of funny that Noons would say that he's a true mixed martial artist. Isn't he a boxer first and an MMA fighter second? Despite how much trouble he's caused and been in before, Diaz is definitely a true mixed martial artist. I'm not a big fan of the way the whole Mayhem thing was handled from the incident in the cage at Strikeforce: Nashville to the ensuing PR disaster with Miller repeatedly calling him out and him never really responding. His camp did finally say that Strikeforce never offered the fight and instead this is what we're getting.
It wasn't the next Diaz fight that I wanted to see but I'm excited nonetheless. The whole, "He's going to have to kill me to lose" line has been said many times before and it doesn't hold much water but it shows the underlying issues these two have. Can't wait for the next shot.