KJ Noons 'happy' at lightweight -- but still thinks he beat Nick Diaz in rematch

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Karl James Noons "isn't going to cry" about losing his rematch to Nick Diaz back in October, even though he believes he was the better man in their five-round welterweight title fight.

"KJ" (10-3) saw his six-fight winning streak come to a halt when he was picked apart by the 170-pound champion in a fight that both FightMetric and CompuStrike scored in favor of Diaz.

Noons tells Sherdog's Beatdown Radio show the judges had it all wrong:

"I didn’t even think I lost the fight. Only in opinion, right? In some people’s eyes. Nah, you know what? I guess the judges saw it wrong -- I mean, different, and you just have to get better. I’m moving back down to 155 [pounds], so I’m happy. Let’s just take emotion and opinions out of it and put hard facts on the table. Who won the fight by statistics? If you go by who did the more damage to the other person? Strikes landed? He won a couple more fights, so he definitely put himself in a position to be fighting [Georges St. Pierre]. That’s a fight people want to see. I’m just saying I felt like [our] fight was different. Am I going to cry about it now? No."  

Undaunted, Noons has set his sights on another Strikeforce belt when he returns to the 155-pound division to battle the venerable Jorge Masvidal on the main card of "Overeem vs. Werdum" this Saturday night (June 18) in Dallas, Texas.

"King" Karl owns two previous wins for the Strikeforce promotion, a split decision over Conor Huen in "Los Angeles" followed by his second round slaughter of Jorge Gurgel in "Houston."

Can he get back to his winning ways against Masvidal?

After coming up short in a unanimous decision loss to Paul "Semtex" Daley under the Shark Fights banner, "Gamebred" (21-6) made a successful Strikeforce debut opposite Billy Evangelista back in March, punching his way to a sweep on the judges' scorecards despite a less-than-enthusiastic response from the Columbus crowd.

The Bellator and Sengoku veteran will have a chance to turn that around -- and stake his claim to the Melendez throne -- with an impressive win over Noons tomorrow night.

Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum" will feature the continuation of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix as division champion Alistair Overeem tries to eliminate Fabricio Werdum while fellow PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett takes on the hard-hitting Brett Rogers.

For the current Strikeforce fight card and line-up for the June 18 event in the "Lone Star State" click here.

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