Strikeforce: Wednesday’s Media Workout Quotes
Oct 7, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
KJ NOONS, SARAH KAUFMAN, JOSH THOMSON
OPEN MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010,
Crowne Plaza, San Jose, California
“DIAZ VS. NOONS II” – This Saturday at HP Pavilion
Live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT
SAN JOSE (Oct. 6, 2010) – Three of the top fighters who will appear on this Saturdayâ€™s mega-fight card at HP Pavilion live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) – KJ Noons, STRIKEFORCE Womenâ€™s Welterweight Champion Sarah Kaufman and former STRIKEFORCE lightweight titleholder Josh Thomson – participated Wednesday in an Open Media Workout at Crowne Plaza.
Noons (9-1) will challenge STRIKEFORCE Welterweight World Champion Nick Diaz (22-7, 1 NC) in the main event. Noons, of San Diego, Calif., has won his last six fights, including a thrilling slugfest against Diaz that ended when a cageside physician halted the proceedings due to excessive cuts around Diazâ€™ eyes. Diaz, of Stockton, Calif., has not lost a fight since he faced Noons, losing via disputed first-round TKO on Nov. 7, 2007. He has won seven in a row.
In the co-feature, the unbeaten Kaufman (12-0), of British Columbia, Canada, will make the second defense of her 135-pound title against No. 1 contender and Dutch superstar Marloes Coenen (17-4).
Thomson (17-3), of San Jose, will meet Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (15-3-1) of Brazil in a battle of world-ranked lightweights. The winner between Thomson and Cavalcante could be next up to challenge STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez.
In the opening bout of the telecast, Tyron Woodley (8-0), of St. Louis, Mo., faces Andre Galvao (5-1) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in a welterweight weight.
Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, at the HP Pavilion ticket office, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Doors will open at 4 p.m. PT. The first live, non-televised fight is at 4:30 p.m.
What they had to say Wednesday:
“Iâ€™m closing in on my fourth fight this year, Iâ€™m on a good winning streak and I feel great. Iâ€™ve trained very hard and am looking forward to Saturday. This has been the best camp Iâ€™ve had. Itâ€™s been a hard camp, but a fun one. Iâ€™ve put in a lot of work and I am super confident. Iâ€™m ready for a fight.
“For sure, Diaz is going to try and take me down. Heâ€™s going to do what he does best.
“The difference between fighting at 170 pounds and 155 is that I donâ€™t have to break off a part of a leg to make the weight.
“All fights are important, but this is the one that will give me the most exposure and I am definitely very excited about Saturday.
“I expect a tough fight. Marloes is extremely experienced and I expect her to come out bombing. If she takes it to the ground, I expect her to go for the submission.â€™â€™
“I expect another tough fight. We have totally contrasting styles. Itâ€™s all going to come down to who enters the ring with the best strategy and to who implements their plan the best.
“I feel good and Iâ€™m as ready as can be. Get past this one and, deep down, I hope to fight (STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion) Gilbert (Melendez). But it depends on STRIKEFORCE and other things, likes injuries. Plus, Gilbert might have a commitment to fight next in Japan.
“But I definitely want to fight again soon — in December, January or February.â€™â€™