Let’s take you back to November 2007.  The Elite XC Lightweight Championship is vacant, and a match is scheduled between KJ Noons and former WEC / IFC Champion Nick Diaz.  With no championships to his name and a record of only 5-2, Noons appears the underdog against Diaz, who has already competed in more fights for UFC than Noons has in his whole career.

The first round ends, the physician stops the fight because Diaz has cuts over his eye, so KJ Noons shocks the fans by winning the fight and the championship.

Seven months later, KJ Noons builds on his credibility by defending the WEC Lightweight Championship against Yves Edwards, getting the win in the first minute of action by knockout.

In September of 2008, just three months after his last defense, Noons is stripped of his championship, with WEC citing Noons’ perceived reluctance to defend the championship against the man whom he beat to win the belt, Nick Diaz.

Fighting for Dream and then Strikeforce, KJ Noons has not lost a fight since prior to beating Nick Diaz, and on October 9th, the two will meet in the highly anticipated rematch.  This time it’s Nick Diaz’s championship on the line, as he’s the current Strikeforce Welterweight Champion.

Not only is this a huge rematch due to the championship on the line and their prior encounter, but other factors weigh into it as well.  The last loss suffered by Nick Diaz was that fight in 2007 to KJ Noons.

Seven months after their first fight, after Noons had just notched his lone defense of the WEC Championship he had beaten Diaz to obtain, a non-sanctioned fight nearly broke out between Diaz, Noons and their camp members.  Diaz had won his fight earlier in the evening, and when Noons felt like Diaz was trying to upstage him after the title defense was over, things got heated.

“Nick has no class, he’s a bum, a piece of (expletive) and he and his team disrespected my family and I with their gestures and trash talk and tried to upstage my fight,” said Noons that evening after nearly coming to blows with Diaz.

KJ Noons signing an autograph

If their previous fight is any indication, this will be one championship fight you’re not going to want to miss!  The event airs on Showtime on October 9th, with the live event being held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.