EliteXC recap: title shot for Diaz?

June 17th, 2008

Nick Diaz

The big story coming out of Saturday’s EliteXC event was the post-fight scuffle between the camps of Nick Diaz and lightweight champion KJ Noons. Moments after Noons needed just 48 seconds to earn a TKO win over Yves Edwards, Diaz was brought to the ring to hype a potential rematch for the belt. After some choice words from both corners, a scuffle ensued with KJ’s dad in the middle of it.

I have a real problem with the whole situation. Why was Diaz allowed to jump into the cage? Everybody knows Diaz is one of the “bad boys” of mixed martial arts and it shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone what eventually took place. Granted, the people at EliteXC probably wanted to try and get some hype behind what looks to be KJ’s next title defense, but at what expense? It had an element of professional wrestling to it, and isn’t that what MMA is trying to avoid?

However to me, the bigger problem is the fact that Nick Diaz is getting a title shot. In his only fight after being soundly whipped by Noons last November, he failed to make the 160-pound weight limits by OVER NINE POUNDS. Granted, I’ve been told his opponent, Muhsin Corbbrey, received a portion of Diaz’s purse for his troubles, but either way, Diaz has only fought once in EliteXC since losing to Noons, competes at a catch weight eight pounds over the limit, and wears his much smaller opponent out before winning in the third round by TKO.

If EliteXC is going to be considered a legitimate MMA organization, it can’t allow fighters to miss weight and still get title shots and it can’t have WWE-style post-fight antics like it had Saturday night. If Nick Diaz is the only fighter they have worthy of a title shot, then it needs to expand its talent pool and work on bringing up some bright up-and-comers and fast. With CBS already wanting another prime time show in July, EliteXC must focus on establishing some new fighting stars ASAP.

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