As expected, there is a new EliteXC 160-pound champion.
Except it isn't Nick Diaz.
Underdog KJ Noons brought his A-game to Corpus Christi Saturday night as he upset the veteran Diaz with a technical knockout stoppage (cuts). Known for his unorthodox yet effective striking, Diaz was picked apart on his feet and had little to offer against Noons' impressive standup.
The fight was halted after just one round, as the ringside physician felt the two nasty cuts Diaz suffered above both his eyes were severe enough (and bloody enough) to affect his vision. In a turn of events that I'm sure will shock most MMA fans, a sour Diaz stormed out of the cage with both middle fingers raised.
Here's a post-fight snip from the Stockton-based fighter:
"He landed some good shots (to cause the cuts). But he was such a small guy. I couldn't get a grip on him. He doesn't hit that hard. I knew I should have boxed him more."
Also on the card, former street fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson steamrolled his way to victory over Bo Cantrell in a mere 19 seconds. Cantrell quickly tapped after eating two shots that put him to the mat.
The crowd was not amused.
Welterweight Jake Shields continued his winning ways with a first round submission over Mike Pyle and Yves Edwards got one step closer to getting back into title contention with a submission win over Nick Gonzales.
The complete results for EliteXC Renegade:
- KJ Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (doctor's stoppage - R1)
- Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (strikes - R1)
- Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (rear naked choke - R1)
- Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (doctor's stoppage - R2)
- Antonio Silva def. Jonathan Wiezorek - Submission (rear naked choke - R1)
- Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (rear naked choke - R1)
- Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (rear naked choke - R1)
- Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
- Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (strikes - R1)
- Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (rear naked choke - R1)
Catch an encore of Saturday's EliteXC telecast on Tuesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. ET on SHO 2. "Renegade also airs on Tuesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. (SHO 2) and Wednesday, November 14 at 12:30 a.m. (ShowTime).