On Saturday night, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will put his title on the line against challenger K.J. Noons. This will be the second time the two have faced off in their heated rivalry. The two first squared off in 2007 when Noons defeated Diaz via doctor stoppage — Diaz has not lost a fight since.
Diaz and Noons hate each other. Noons has even gone as far as calling Diaz a “pot-smoking chump,” while Diaz has implied Noons’ father is a drunk. It is no secret that both fighters will be entering the cage with bad intentions.
As a result of the bad blood, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has said that more security will be in place.
“I’ll tell you what – if we leave those two guys in a room alone, I think you know what’s going to happen,” Coker said. “So it’s up to us – we’re going to have a wall of security there. We’ve brought extra police to handle the weigh-ins, the press conference and pretty much a wall of people will be there for the night of the fight. We have to take precautionary measures because these guys have this big feud – and it’s not just them, it’s their camps. We’re going to make sure that we host it properly, and part of that is adding extra security and police officers, and it’ll be fine.”
When Diaz was last in the Strikeforce cage, it wasn’t for his own fight. He was part of the post-fight brawl which saw Diaz, his brother Nick, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, and former middleweight champ Jake Shields jumping Jason “Mayhem” Miller after he tried to steal the spotlight from Shields who was coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career against Dan Henderson.
Given Diaz and his camps track record, Coker is making the right choice with added security. Hopefully they can keep the two men under control or at least get them both to the cage where violence is sure to ensue.