Bo Jackson…Deion Sanders…Their whole “one day I’m a football star the next I’m a baseball player” routine was definitely impressive. But, let’s be real, they don’t hold a candle to what KJ Noons is trying to accomplish.
Noons is one of the few professional athletes that is actively competing on the boxing AND mixed-martial-arts stage. When it comes to the sweet science, he holds a 7-1-0 record with 5 KOs. In the MMA world, he is currently 5-2-0. Not a bad start. Noons focuses his training on whichever sport he will be competing in next. And, boy, does he have a big fight on his hands in just a few days.
Noons will be facing Nick Diaz for the first-ever Elite XC 160 lbs Lightweight belt this Saturday night at Elite XC:Renegade. Diaz is coming off a hard-fought victory over Mike Aina in his Elite debut in September. And while this fight appears to be a mismatch between a fighter (Diaz) who has fought in over twice as many MMA bouts as his opponent, Noons doesn’t seem phased in the slightest:
“You’re going to see the belt around my waist, man…”
Interestingly enough, in my interview with Noons (found below), he also said that this is the last fight on his Elite XC contract. However, one has to figure that a deal is already in place for an extension given the fact that he is fighting for a title. I mean, Gary Shaw wouldn’t give him a title shot before resigning him, would he?
Take a listen as Noons discusses his upcoming title fight, his boxing career, Kimbo Slice’s debut and his future in Elite XC.
KJ Noons – 11/07/07