K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
After being stripped of his EliteXC lightweight title, K.J. Noons has stated that he believes that he has now become a free agent in a new interview with Sherdog.com. Noons’ belt was taken away after he refused to accept a title defense against Nick Diaz, whom Noons had defeated in November of last year.
“I’m a free agent,” Noons said in the article. “Since I’ve been stripped, I’m no longer the champion and I don’t owe them the fights (Noons says that he had two fights remaining on his deal if he were champion). I owed them fights for being a champion.”
EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen thinks otherwise. According to Lappen, Noons still has two fights remaining on his current contract regardless, but isn’t sure whether or not the promotion will have the part-time professional boxer fight for them again.
“K.J. still has two more fights on his contract,” Lappen also said in the article. “I’m hoping we’ll work something out, but there’s really not much to work out. He’s still under contract with us.”
The two sides are currently going back and forth, attempting to come to some kind of agreement that will have Noons return to an EliteXC cage in the near future. However each party seems equally optimistic as they are doubtful. In the short time, Noons is scheduled to take on Alejandro Bogarin in a middleweight boxing match on November 13.
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