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EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons will defend his title for the first time against a recently victorious Yves Edwards at Elite Xtreme Combat’s next event on April 26th.
American Top Team announced the news via their official website earlier today.
The event, which is scheduled to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, is rumored to be featuring additional lightweight bouts between Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey as well as Eddie Alvarez going up against Mike Aina.
Noons has looked extremely impressive since being knocked out by Charles Bennett in his EliteXC debut last February. He rebounded with a knockout of Edson Berto last summer and shocked the world with a huge upset of Nick Diaz to claim the vacant EliteXC lightweight strap this past November.
Many saw Edwards score a first-round, highlight-reel flying knee knockout of Edson Berto this past weekend at EliteXC: Street Certified. Edwards has bounced back from a three-fight losing streak to win three straight fights.
The “Thugjitsu” founder submitted Alonzo Martinez and Nick Gonzalez at separate HDNet Fights and EliteXC events respectively last year.
On a night when Kimbo Slice made his eagerly awaited professional Mixed Martial Arts debut, KJ Noons stole the show with a shocking first-round TKO over heavily-favored Nick Diaz to capture the EliteXC lightweight world championship Saturday on Showtime
The event, which took place at The American Bank Center Arena, was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In other televised bouts, world-ranked Jake Shields, who signed a long term deal with EliteXC late Friday, earned his ninth win a row with a hard-fought first round submission (rear naked choke) over Mike Pyle, come backing super heavyweight sensation Antonio “Big Foot” Silva won his first fight in nine months via an opening-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Wiezorek and Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, took his EliteXC debut with a second-round TKO over “Dr.’’ Seth Kleinbeck due to orbital cut.
With the exception of Diaz-Noons, which was scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights were three, 5-minute rounds.
“This was a terrific show for EliteXC, Showtime, and the fans in attendance,’’ Shaw said. “It is unfortunate that the Noons-Diaz fight had to be stopped, but fans need to understand that doctors stop fights for the health and safety of the fighters.
“KJ was simply outstanding. He is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. He beat the guy who was considered the best lightweight, so he is No. 1. Kimbo showed that he is going to be a superstar. I believe we’ve got the best heavyweight in the world in Silva and the best welterweight in the world in Shields. They are going to be world champions. Noke was impressive against a tough fighter.
“All and all, it was a great night.’’
Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (Strikes)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Antonio Silva def. Jon Wiezorek - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (Cut)
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (Strikes)
Karl James Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (Cut)
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering EliteXC: Renegade with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, videos, and much more:
EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections - EliteXC: Renegade
Shields Not Taking Pyle Lightly
Noons Ready to Prove Doubters Wrong
Kimbo Discusses His Start in MMA
EliteXC: Renegade Press Conference Quotes
Cantrell to Replace Injured Bourke
Report: Edwards-Baca; Silva-Wiezorek Added to EliteXC: Renegade
Report: Diaz Meets Noons in EliteXC Title Bout
Report: Shields-Pyle to Clash
Report: Shields Part of EliteXC November Card
Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons
Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell
Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek
Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzalez
Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz
Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas
Brett Rogers s.Ralph Kelly
Jae Suk Lim vs. Daniel Pineda
Nick Diaz (160 lbs) vs. KJ Noons (160 lbs)
Kimbo Slice (238 lbs) vs. Bo Cantrell (235 lbs)
Jake Shields (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Seth Kleinbeck (185 lbs) vs. Kyle Noke (186 lbs)
Antonio Silva (265 lbs) vs. Jonathan Wiezorek (271 lbs)
Geoff Bumstead (205 lbs) vs. Robert Ruiz (227 lbs)
Yves Edwards (161 lbs) vs. Nick Gonzalez (161 lbs)
Jon Kirk (186 lbs) vs. Matt Lucas (186 lbs)
Brett Rogers (264 lbs) vs.Ralph Kelly (243 lbs)
Jae Suk Lim (171 lbs) vs. Daniel Pineda (162 lbs)
K.J. Noons discusses his upcoming championship bout against Nick Diaz at EliteXC: Renegade this Saturday. Noons also talks about a potential clash of styles and why he considers Diaz the best lightweight in the world today.
Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting through Pro Elite that Nick Diaz and K.J. Noons will clash in a battle for EliteXC’s 160 lb title on November 10th.
Word of the fight comes less than 24 hours after EliteXC had announced that they had signed Diaz to an exclusive two-year contract extension.
Diaz came off of a six month suspension for testing positive for marijuana to earn a lackluster split decision over Mike Aina at EliteXC: Uprising last month. Noons made his EliteXC in February where he was knocked out by Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. Noons returned to the cage in July at the inaugural ShoXC event, stopping James Edson Berto with a knee to the head in the third round.
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. – In a scintillating finish to a thrilling, crowd-pleasing and exciting debut of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, KJ Noons bounced back to register an impressive third-round knockout over Edson Berto Friday on SHOWTIME.
In the co-feature of a live two-hour telecast that featured five competitive, evenly-matched fights between determined, well-conditioned athletes, Jaime Jara blasted out Jeremiah Metcalf in the third round to capture his fourth Gladiator championship belt.
EliteXC presented the event from the Chumash Casino. It aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
I turned on ShoXC just in time to see Jaime Jara knocking out Jeremiah Metcalf in the first round. Outside of seeing a nice punch, Jara has a ton of tattoos. There’s some insight for you.
KJ Noons vs Edson Berto was about to start, so I thought I’d do a casual live blog.
Lee Gibson (154.5) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (155)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (205) vs. Aaron Rosa (204)
Chris David (135) vs. Scott Jorgenson (135)
Jaime Jara (176) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (174.2)
Edson Berto (155) vs. KJ Noons (155)
Shayna Bazler (138) vs. Finney (140)
Josh Neal (185) vs. Eric Beondo (185)
Anthony Rubalcava (204) vs. Drew Montgomery (205)
John Reedy (153.5) vs. Brian Cobb (154.2)
Anthony Ruiz (202.7) vs. Jason Gerris (205)