He may have been the underdog coming into Saturday night's main event at EliteXC "Return of the King" in Honolulu, but
Following the bout, Noons and Edwards were nothing but respectful to each other.
"We go way back and he's a great competitor. You know, MMA, that's just the way that it happens, you get caught with a shot," said a humble Noons.
Edwards mirrored the respect show to him saying, "He's the man. He whooped my ass. He dropped me and I don't remember any of that stuff."
But in an instant, all of the sportsmanship shown between Edwards and Noons was tossed into the dumpster when EliteXC officials allowed
When asked his thoughts on a rematch, Noons deferred to the crowd at Blaisdell Center, who soundly "booed" Diaz.
Diaz than did his best to get under Noons' skin by saying, "Don't be scared, homie," and then extending his middle fingers and shoving them in his face. It worked. Noons and his father lunged after Diaz and his camp -- which included brother and UFC fighter
Diaz left the ring under a shower of boos and flying cups, as he and his brother continued flipping the bird to the crowd as they left the arena floor.
If EliteXC wanted to hype up Diaz' bad boy image to play the foil to Noons' good guy persona, well... they likely got everything they could hope for. Don't be surprised to see an announcement that the two will rematch soon, possibly on the announced second episode of CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26.
It took him the better part of all three rounds to do it, but Diaz was successful in defeating
The two primarily traded strikes throughout the bout with Diaz getting the better of Corbbrey as the clock ticked down. In round three, Diaz finally took Corbbrey to the mat and attempted a Kimura and armbar before finishing the fight raining down punches from the full mount, causing a referee stoppage.
Little did we know that Diaz was just staging his entrance back into the cage to wreak havoc following Noons' successful title defense.
Ninja quickly passed guard to side control then spent the next minute and a half punishing Bonello with a succession of elbows to the body and forearms to the head. He then attained a knee on belly position and unleashed a barrage of right hands to the face until Yamasaki stopped the bout.
After the bout, through an interpreter, Ninja -- the first EliteXC middleweight champion -- said that he wants his belt back; that is his next goal.
The Showtime broadcast opened in exciting fashion as Brazilian
"Everything, everything I know, I (get from) this guy," said Feijao after the fight in regards to his training with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
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