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10-10-2010, 02:55 PM
"Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2" recap: Diaz retains title, Coenen takes Kaufman's belt
by Steven Marrocco and Dann Stupp on Oct 10, 2010 at 12:15 am ET
SAN JOSE, Calif. Perhaps there's something to be said for good ol' MMA grudge matches.

A rematch three years in the making largely lived up to the grand expectations, and Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz avenged the only loss of his past 13 fights with a unanimous-decision victory over title challenger K.J. Noons.

The fight, which saw a total of 1,054 strike attempts, headlined the Showtime-televised portion of "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2," which took place Saturday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Any good will the two rivals showed prior to the fight quickly evaporated in the opening round. Diaz took control with the striking, and despite the jawing, Noons returned both insults and punches and opened the type of facial cuts that eventually cut short their first meeting under the EliteXC banner back in November 2007. (Noons won EliteXC's inaugural lightweight title with the win, but a contract dispute and the organization's eventual financial collapse ultimately precluded a rematch from taking place.)

With Diaz willing to stand and trade, Noons tied up the fight in the second with crisper striking and frequent heavy blows that opened additional cuts. Diaz proved competitive, but his flat-footed approach and decision to ditch takedown attempts made him an easy target for the pro-boxer Noons.

In the third, Diaz, though, found his range and may have broken Noons' nose with his looping punches and quick jabs, and the two fighters swung away in an evenly matched (and a bit sloppy) third round. But Diaz's higher punch count earned him the round, 10-9, on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard and put him up two to one.

The fourth round played out much like the third, and with apparently busier hands, Diaz took a commanding 3-1 lead in the fifth and final round.

With both fighters bloodied, bruised but still battling, Diaz didn't relinquish the lead, and with better defense for Noons' many punches, he kept the challenger from landing anything significant. The official decision then was read, and Diaz earned the unanimous-decision victory via scores of 48-47, 49-47 and 49-46 for his first successful Strikeforce title defense.

"No offense or disrespect since it's all over with," Diaz said during a rambling post-fight interview. "I'll beat this guy on the ground or standing up. This is mixed martial arts out here. It's hard not to go for the takedown. It makes me look really bad, as if I need to do that. I'll beat this guy in a boxing match, but I'll also tap him out on the ground. So if I'm in there shooting for takedowns because I want to bring it to the ground and finish the fight, I just want to show the world my skills. ... That's all it was last time."

Surprisingly, Noons actually out-struck the champ, 611 to 443. He also landed a higher percentage (51 percent) of strikes than Diaz (44 percent) did, according to CompuStrike.

So does the challenger want a rubber match and another shot at Diaz's belt?

"He beat me fair and square," Noons said. "That's it. Good job, Nick. ... Whatever the fans want to see. I'll either do it again or work my way back up."

Diaz (23-7 MMA, 3-0 SF) now owns a career-high eight-fight win streak while Noons (9-2 MMA, 2-1 SF) suffers his first loss since early 2007.

In the night's other title fight, a new Strikeforce women's welterweight champion was crowed when Dutch fighter Marloes Coenen upset and delivered now-ex-champ Sarah Kaufman her first career loss with a slick third-round armbar.

The bout's first two rounds proved rather strategic as the longer Coenen tested her luck standing. And though she clearly had the edge while in the clinch and landed a couple nice combos and body kicks, Coenen knew her best shot at victory was getting her Canadian opponent on the mat.

As in the second round, Coenen scored a third-round takedown, but the stronger Kaufman reversed and landed in top position once they hit the canvas. Once there, she delivered a steady stream of ground and pound, which prompted the referee to move in closer. Coenen, though, used her long arms to deflect most of the blows, and she saw an opening once Kaufman attempted to posture up and improve the angle of her strikes. Coenen threw up her legs, braced them against her opponent's body, and then forced the tap-out via armbar just seconds later.

The ending came at the 1:59 mark of the round, and it prompted some initial hostility. Kaufman braced her elbow and clearly was upset that Coenen didn't quickly break the hold.

"I want to apologize to Sarah because I really didn't know," said Coenen, who eventually got a hug from her opponent. "Normally in training, I know when I have to let go. But the referee came in a little too late. I do apologize."

With the win, Coenen (18-4 MMA, 2-1 SF), who was fighting for the first time since a failed attempt to take 145-pound champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos' Strikeforce belt in January, sets up a future meeting with top contender and recent single-night tournament winner Miesha Tate.

Kaufman (12-1 MMA, 4-1 SF), meanwhile, tastes defeat for the first time in four years and 13 pro fights.

In the night's official co-headliner, which followed Coenen vs. Kaufman, Josh Thomson complained that his fight with fellow lightweight Gesias Cavalcante wasn't getting the attention it deserved and that both competitors, who have been slowed by injuries, deserved higher rankings. He even suggested "JZ" was the better fighter.

And for one night, at least, the former Strikeforce champ was correct yet, the judges didn't agree and awarded the San Jose-based Thomson a baffling unanimous-decision win.

The first round proved an entertaining one. After an accidental clash of the heads, Thomson began trickling blood from the top of his head. Soon after, Cavalcante buckled his opponent with a short right to the chin, and he then secured Thomson with a tight guillotine choke that he worked for more than a minute. But after fending off the submission and eventually escaping, Thomson took dominant top position and secured an arm-triangle choke, though it was cut short by the end of the round. Despite the late rally, MMAjunkie.com awarded the round to Cavalcante based on the knockdown and better submission attempt.

In the second, after some initial clinch work, Thomson landed the first takedown and continually worked for advantageous positions throughout the five-rounder. He never came close to securing a fight-ending submission, but the effort was good enough to take the round and tie up the fight on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.

In the third and deciding round, Thomson again fought for a takedown from the clinch. But Cavalcante overpowered him and took top position. While moving between side control and half guard, the Brazilian fought off Thomson's ineffective submission attempts from his back. But once back on his feet, Thomson got caught with a punch during his next takedown attempt, Cavalcante took top position, and he initially waited out the round against the cage before a late surge of ground and pound assured he won the round (and the fight) on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.

Surprisingly, though, the judges didn't agree, and one scorecard didn't have a single round for Cavalcante. In the end, Thomson earned the controversial unanimous-decision win via scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

In addition to admonishing the state of MMA judging and admitting he probably didn't deserve a 30-27 score, Thomson (18-3 MMA, 9-2 SF) campaigned for a third fight with current Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez, who took his belt nearly a year ago.

Cavalcante (15-4-1 MMA, 0-1 SF), a recent DREAM fighter making his Strikeforce debut, now has dropped three of four fights after opening his career with a 14-1-1 mark.

In the night's first televised bout, Tyron Woodley took a big step toward welterweight title contention and picked up the biggest win of his young career with a lopsided first-round knockout of submission ace Andre Galvao.

Once Woodley established a successful sprawl to avoid takedowns, Galvao clearly was in trouble and open to straight punches. Woodley capitalized on the openings and battered his opponent primarily with right hands. One that connected during a takedown attempt proved especially effective, and with Woodley patient and wisely avoiding the mat, Galvao staggered as he returned to his feet. The stoppage came moments later when Woodley stuffed a final takedown attempt and battered Galvao with short uppercuts to the face.

The referee halted the bout and awarded the knockout stoppage after just 88 seconds of fight time.

With his first knockout win, Woodley, a two-time All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri, improves to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in Strikeforce. Galvao, meanwhile, falls to 5-2 (2-1 SF).

MAIN CARD

Nick Diaz def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46) (retains Strikeforce welterweight title)
Josh Thomson def. Gesias Cavalcante via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Marloes Coenen def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) - Round 3, 1:59 (becomes new Strikeforce women's welterweight champion)
Tyrone Woodley def. Andre Galvao via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:28
PRELIMINARY CARD

Josh McDonald def. Ron Keslar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jess Bouscal def. Luis Mendoza via submission (arm triangle choke) - Round 2, 3:00
Robert Johnson def. Justin Bronson via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 1:20*
Jonathan Chaplin def. Ben Ernest via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)*
Jared Hess def. Eric Faria via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:13*
Alan Francis Perez def. Johnathan Del Rosario via KO (punches) - Round 3, 0:48*
David Blanco def. Christian Buron via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)*
* - California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization

J.B.
10-10-2010, 04:16 PM
Cavalcante got robbed, but that was a good night of fights last night.

I made a post breaking down the Diaz/Noons fight on my blog... http://squaredoctagon.com/index.php?page=60

Vizion
10-10-2010, 05:16 PM
Evan Dunham would have beaten them all.

J.B.
10-10-2010, 06:08 PM
Evan Dunham would have beaten them all.

at the same time....blindfolded...:laugh:

VCURamFan
10-10-2010, 06:16 PM
Cavalcante got robbed, but that was a good night of fights last night.

I made a post breaking down the Diaz/Noons fight on my blog... http://squaredoctagon.com/index.php?page=60

I missed the first round, but JZ definitely won the 3rd, easily. No idea how TWO judges gave Thompson 30-27

J.B.
10-10-2010, 06:26 PM
I missed the first round, but JZ definitely won the 3rd, easily. No idea how TWO judges gave Thompson 30-27

You could almost say that first round was a 10-10 and the fight was a draw, but they let Stevie Wonder fill out one of the scorecards so we got 30-27...

Actually I think the judge who turned in that card was Helen Thompson, or maybe it was actually Helen Thomas because clearly that judge was senile....LOL

Oh, and didn't you know, looking up at the cameras and pumping your fists during the third round means you automatically win. :laugh:

J.B.
10-10-2010, 06:31 PM
Oh, I'm also curious as to how you guys scored that fight with Diaz/Noons...

I am actually surprised that there is a relatively large group of people who feel Noons won. It was a GOOD fight, but I didn't see any way Noons could get a decision going into the 5th round.

logrus
10-10-2010, 06:48 PM
Oh, I'm also curious as to how you guys scored that fight with Diaz/Noons...

I am actually surprised that there is a relatively large group of people who feel Noons won. It was a GOOD fight, but I didn't see any way Noons could get a decision going into the 5th round.

Thats because some of the rounds seemed pretty close and then add in the fact everyone hates Diaz more then Noons and you have Noons winning lol.

I saw diaz winning 4 out of the 5 rounds, going into the 5th Noons in my eyes needed a KO to win. I just think Nick out boxed the boxer all night.

Noons was given a gift in the first fight from a crooked org and would have never won the first time.

J.B.
10-10-2010, 07:00 PM
Thats because some of the rounds seemed pretty close and then add in the fact everyone hates Diaz more then Noons and you have Noons winning lol.

I saw diaz winning 4 out of the 5 rounds, going into the 5th Noons in my eyes needed a KO to win. I just think Nick out boxed the boxer all night.

Noons was given a gift in the first fight from a crooked org and would have never won the first time.

Nick had a pretty good cut that first fight, so I'm not sure it was a total gift from the org.

I know a lot of people don't like Diaz, and he's given people a fair share of reasons, but I still don't see how he lost that fight.

Oh, and did you really give the 2nd round to Diaz? :unsure-1:

Here is how I broke it down in my blog...

1st Round: Early on in the first, Diaz looked crisp with his jabs, and buckled Noons with a short counter right hook. From there Diaz was able to secure side control for a short amount of time, but landed a minimal amount blows before Noons was able to get back to his feet. I scored the first round for Diaz, 10-9.

2nd Round: In the second round, Noons pushed the pace and began to smother Diaz, landing a big left hand that opened a cut over Diaz's right eye. Nick tried to scramble for what seemed like a desperate takedown attempt, but it was unsucessful. Noons began to smell blood and looked a lot more loose than he did in the first, changing levels, landing some crisp combinations, and even mixing it up with some knees to the body. I scored the second round for Noons, 10-9.

3rd Round: When Nick went to his corner before the 3rd round, I had the feeling that the cut on his eye could be the beginning of the end, but when he came out the cut looked like it had cleaned up nicely. Noons landed a few punches early on, but Diaz was able to dial in his range and keep landing the jab. Many of Noons punches are wild and are slipped by Nick, and by the end of the round Noons has a fat lip and a bloody nose of his own.
I scored the third round for Diaz, 10-9.

4th Round: The fourth round seen more wild punches from Noons that were mostly uneffective. Diaz wrapped Noons up in the clinch a couple times and landed some solid knees to KJ's head which, along with solid shots set up by the jab, was able to do some more damage to the face of Noons. I scored the fourth round for Diaz, 10-9.

5th Round: As the fifth round started, it's obvious that Noons needs to finish Diaz. He manages to land some good shots on Nick that re-open the cut on Diaz's eye, but Nick still looks like the fighter with more in the gas tank. Again, many of KJ's punches are wild and clearly aiming for a one punch knockout, and although he lands some, he never manages to circle into the proper angles to actually land that big shot. I scored the fifth round for Noons, 10-9. Bringing my final scorecard to 48-47 for the winner, Nick Diaz.

logrus
10-10-2010, 08:59 PM
Nick had a pretty good cut that first fight, so I'm not sure it was a total gift from the org.

I know a lot of people don't like Diaz, and he's given people a fair share of reasons, but I still don't see how he lost that fight.

Oh, and did you really give the 2nd round to Diaz? :unsure-1:

Here is how I broke it down in my blog...

Naa that was a typo. Round 1 Diaz, Round 2 Noons, Rounds 3 and 4 were for Diaz. Thats why in the 5th I thought the only thing to save Noons would have been a KO. I also gave round 5 to Diaz. Dont argue with my logic either cause I was drinking...

That cut was nothing I havent seen in other fights being allowed for another round or 2. Actually I have seen worse looking cuts, and guys with beach volleyballs for eyes and cheek bones. Also its nothing new for Diaz who gets cut in the same place over and over.

J.B.
10-10-2010, 09:15 PM
Naa that was a typo. Round 1 Diaz, Round 2 Noons, Rounds 3 and 4 were for Diaz. Thats why in the 5th I thought the only thing to save Noons would have been a KO. I also gave round 5 to Diaz. Dont argue with my logic either cause I was drinking...

That cut was nothing I havent seen in other fights being allowed for another round or 2. Actually I have seen worse looking cuts, and guys with beach volleyballs for eyes and cheek bones. Also its nothing new for Diaz who gets cut in the same place over and over.

I know better than to argue drunk logic...:laugh:

I had a good Saturday, so I really wouldn't know what getting drunk is...:)

I have seen worse cuts too...but using hindsight, that cut left a nasty scar on Diaz. I mean, that had to piss him off and drive him to win the rematch, even a little bit....lol....Every day Diaz has to shave and look in the mirror and think....NOOOOOOONSSSS!!!!! :w00t: :laugh:

logrus
10-10-2010, 10:35 PM
I know better than to argue drunk logic...:laugh:

I had a good Saturday, so I really wouldn't know what getting drunk is...:)

I have seen worse cuts too...but using hindsight, that cut left a nasty scar on Diaz. I mean, that had to piss him off and drive him to win the rematch, even a little bit....lol....Every day Diaz has to shave and look in the mirror and think....NOOOOOOONSSSS!!!!! :w00t: :laugh:

Naaa he had that ugly mug for awhile lol. Actually that cuts been with him for years and is usually the first spot to open up during a fight. Even after he got it fixed my a specialist it would still open up. Just not as bad as it did prior.

J.B.
10-10-2010, 10:39 PM
Naaa he had that ugly mug for awhile lol. Actually that cuts been with him for years and is usually the first spot to open up during a fight. Even after he got it fixed my a specialist it would still open up. Just not as bad as it did prior.

I guess you are right, Diaz was always a bit of a Forrest Grifffin in that respect...but was it actually the same spot? Even last nights cut wasn't on the outside of the eye.

logrus
10-10-2010, 11:14 PM
I guess you are right, Diaz was always a bit of a Forrest Grifffin in that respect...but was it actually the same spot? Even last nights cut wasn't on the outside of the eye.

Remember what Davis looked like near the end of the Nate Diaz fight ??

http://video.ufc.tv/118/118_event_photos/06_UFC118_Diaz_Davis_09.jpg lol

J.B.
10-10-2010, 11:24 PM
Remember what Davis looked like near the end of the Nate Diaz fight ??

http://video.ufc.tv/118/118_event_photos/06_UFC118_Diaz_Davis_09.jpg lol

I do now...lol

Sorry, what is your point? I'm watching the Cards/Saints and I'm a few beers deep myself...

logrus
10-10-2010, 11:27 PM
I do now...lol

Sorry, what is your point? I'm watching the Cards/Saints and I'm a few beers deep myself...

Let da boys fight!!

I would think you gave up after Andersons awesome performance last week. :laugh:

P.S I am willing to buy a health pack for the Packers, :frantics:

J.B.
10-11-2010, 12:38 AM
Let da boys fight!!

I would think you gave up after Andersons awesome performance last week. :laugh:

P.S I am willing to buy a health pack for the Packers, :frantics:

Ahhh...I get it now...

Still disagree...LOL


No, how about NFL this week?

The friggin Cards just beat the Saints.....It was so beautiful I want to vomit....:laugh:

logrus
10-11-2010, 05:37 AM
Ahhh...I get it now...

Still disagree...LOL


No, how about NFL this week?

The friggin Cards just beat the Saints.....It was so beautiful I want to vomit....:laugh:

I heard thats awesome, but the Saints have been on a D spiral this season for some reason.

Im done watching Football til the NFL decides to stop force feeding me 4 teams every week.

Only 3 total games all day til Sunday night football. Seriously why does Fox never have a second game on even when the Bears are not at home. Why continue to watch a Bears blow out with 2 minutes left to go and there is 5 games tied with 2mins to go.

So earlier I am like ohh WTf gotta be a better game on so I turn on the other channel and its the freakin Colts. Hey I have nothing against the guy, but do I have to really watch them every week? Later on I thought maybe another good game, but ohh wait its the retarded Cowboys, seriously WTF!!

I find it funny that they want to go to an extended season considering its week 4 and there is a huge laundry list of out of action superstars...

J.B.
10-11-2010, 08:20 AM
I heard thats awesome, but the Saints have been on a D spiral this season for some reason.

Im done watching Football til the NFL decides to stop force feeding me 4 teams every week.

Only 3 total games all day til Sunday night football. Seriously why does Fox never have a second game on even when the Bears are not at home. Why continue to watch a Bears blow out with 2 minutes left to go and there is 5 games tied with 2mins to go.

So earlier I am like ohh WTf gotta be a better game on so I turn on the other channel and its the freakin Colts. Hey I have nothing against the guy, but do I have to really watch them every week? Later on I thought maybe another good game, but ohh wait its the retarded Cowboys, seriously WTF!!

I find it funny that they want to go to an extended season considering its week 4 and there is a huge laundry list of out of action superstars...

I hear ya brother...that's why I skeptical on a Favre suspension....:wacko:

logrus
10-11-2010, 02:45 PM
I hear ya brother...that's why I skeptical on a Favre suspension....:wacko:

They will give him a time out like they did Sanchez. :laugh:

JavierDLC
10-11-2010, 07:11 PM
I really wanted to see Nick get Knocked The Fu@# out :cry: :cry:

logrus
10-11-2010, 10:54 PM
I really wanted to see Nick get Knocked The Fu@# out :cry: :cry:

I guess the sure bet is to bet against every guy you pick... :laugh:

JavierDLC
10-12-2010, 04:31 AM
I guess the sure bet is to bet against every guy you pick... :laugh:

LOL I Guess so!

bet you Forrest will Beat Franklin via ground and pound or Rear naked Choke.

Bet you Bisping is going to beat Sexy Yama via Tringle Choke or via Unanimous decision.

Although its hard to tell I bet you Lesnar beats Velazquez via Punch through the head while ground and pound in the first round!

:tongue0011:

Ugly !!! :angry: :muttering: :muttering: :talktothehand: