EliteXC News: K.J Noons Responds To Jared Shaw, Leaving MMA for Boxing?


KJ Noons releases this letter to address why he refused to fight Nick Diaz at the next EliteXC-CBS show on Oct. 4.

Noons vs Diaz or Noons vs EliteXC?

It is not about being scared to fight Diaz, who I previously defeated, it is about the fight I am currently in with Elite XC regarding my career.

I would first like to address all the false allegations and insults from Jared Shaw, aka $kala, VP of Elite XC. You will see why I am so disgusted of how Elite XC treated me and how it applies to this proposed fight and my career.

$kala says:

Honor my contract. Elite XC wants to talk about honoring the contract. How about when Elite XC honored the contract and my pay to fight Edson Berto went down after I lost my first fight. That was not part of my contract. Or how about the contract Gary Shaw breached by not promoting my boxing career? Gary Shaw only gave me one out of four of the agreed upon fights. I have not boxed for over a year. When I signed with Elite XC, I was promised they would promote both my boxing and MMA careers. I could have signed with another MMA only company, but I wanted to box too.

Elite XC does me a favor after I lose, by putting me on the first ShoXC against Edson Berto? Berto’s father is good friends with Jared’s father, Gary Shaw who wants Berto’s brother on a boxing contract. Berto was the next guy Elite XC wanted to build. But I win that fight and now I am 1-1. Elite XC gives me an opportunity to fight Diaz. Elite XC puts me against Diaz because Elite XC’s roster was so light and there was nobody else to fight him.

Elite XC creates a new weight class for Diaz because he beat Gomi. Giving Diaz a belt and creating a weight division (160) he can make, will make your belt legit. Sorry to ruin Elite XC’s plans and beat him.

Elite XC never promoted or took care of me as their champion.


In the Elite XC’s DVD where Diaz and I fought there are two (2) baseball cards of Diaz and Kimbo. Hello! I won the fight and Elite XC’s promoting Diaz after I beat him? Or how about the day Elite XC flew Diaz in to do a signing on the DVD where he lost. Wow, that must have been uncomfortable Nick? Signing a DVD, and it is a fight that you lost. Why wasn’t I flown in for the signing?

Elite XC has never promoted me on either of their websites, EliteXC or Pro-Elite.

Elite XC offered me a fight on the first CBS show, but only if I signed a new long-term contract. Instead of promoting their best fighters on CBS, you have to be on a long term contract for them to promote you. That was not our deal.

Consider when Elite XC gives a couple thousand tickets away at their CBS show in Stockton.

Elite XC gives me a hard time about comping me one extra ticket for my cousin that helped me train for my fight. I only get four tickets per show. I am the main event in Honolulu, my home town! I did not ask for any tickets for my family and friends and they gave me a hard time about one extra ticket!

Or how about when Elite XC brought Diaz into the ring after my last victory in Hawaii to disrespect me and my family.

Chuck Champion (President Elite XC) threatens me, my family and my manager with lawsuits and how he’s going to sue me. HAHA. Pretty hard to sue a guy who does not make jack with your company. I’m glad $kala disclosed how much I make, which breached the confidentiality clause of the contract. I will break down the real numbers for you. I am the defending world champ, I have been the main event for Elite XC three out of four times on Showtime. In almost two years I have made approximately $83,000?

After paying my trainers and managers fee, I have $50,000 thousand. After taxes, probably 30 grand. Divide that by two years for $15,000 thousand a year. Divide by 52 weeks that amounts to approximately $300 a week. I do not know anybody that can survive on that amount of money. My buddies make more money than that in a couple days being a bus boy or bar back. And yes you can argue I should fight more. Elite XC doesn’t give me fights or promote me, they ice me. Gary Shaw Productions only gave me one of the agreed upon four fights per the boxing contract.

And I do not want to ramble on about all the little small stuff that I can keep going on about. But the straw that broke the camel’s back is they want me to fight Diaz for the second time. Diaz is not the number one contender and they are paying Diaz three times more money than me. Diaz complained after the Stockton fight, he was not paid enough. How do you think that made me feel? Yes you can argue that Diaz gets more for the draw, therefore I do not deserve as much compensation. If that is the case, it is a result of Elite XC terrible job promoting me. Instead of promoting me as their champ and upcoming athlete, Elite XC has resented me for ruining their plans to make Diaz their champ. That is just total disrespect. So it comes down to money and what is fair. I am tired of being bent over by Elite XC with no Vaseline.

I am right when I say Diaz is not the number one contender. Elite XC is trying to force this fight for their ratings. Eddie Alaverez is the number one contender and anybody with half a brain knows that a fight with Eddie is a way harder fight for me than Diaz. I will fight Diaz, but Elite has to be fair. I’m not ducking Diaz, why the hell would I be scared of someone I already beat.

With that being said, I am going to focus on my boxing career. I can make more money doing 6 and 8 rounders every other month and make more than I did being the Elite XC defending world champ. At least I will be able to sleep at night and be able to look myself in the mirror everyday. That right there is worth more than $300 bucks a week or fighting a guy I cannot stand for less money than him the second time around.

Will the Diaz fight happen, yes. Will the fight happen on Elite XC on October 4, 2008, probably not. The way things are being run by Chuck Champion, a guy whose history is newspapers, not fighting, and $kala, someone who talks a lot of game, but has never put on a pair of gloves, never stepped in a ring or cage. $kala has had everything handed to him with a silver spoon from daddy. Does anyone else but me think $kala just wants to be famous and stir up all this dirty laundry? I guess any publicity is good publicity. When I think about it, it has been good promotion for their October card since nobody is talking about it until you bring up the Noons vs. Diaz match up.

Before I end, I would like to thank my team, my trainers and workout partners for helping me prepare for my fights hours every day. I would like to also thank my manager Mark Dion for standing behind my decision making. I want to be a fighter who is not doing whatever I am being told like some kind of mindless puppet.

Thanks for hearing my side.


TG: BloodyElbow


  1. Miko

    August 28, 2008 at 11:46 am

    If what Kj says is true then good for him for calling them on their B.S.

  2. Anthony

    August 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I am not surprised about EliteXC.

  3. T.R.

    August 28, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    yeah, this is a terrible way to do business behind the scenes. elite is gonna fold if they keep doing crap like this.

  4. Ryan S

    August 28, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Yeah, not to mention, both the Diaz's have that weird lisp. And who gives a SHIT about Stockton? Has anyone ever gone there and said, "Man, I LOVE this place!"

    I agree with you Anthony, because they are so small, they are just trying to be popular, even if it means not making an intelligent MMA card (The forst CBS show for example). Makes you wonder if that will change when they get bigger, or if they will fold before that happens.

  5. Ryan S

    August 28, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    It wasn't even a slim win. It was the type of win that he could do again. His stanup was too good for Diaz and he couldn't take him down for the life of him.

  6. tom

    August 28, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    yeah diaz lost the fight pretty bad but hey noon didnt break diaz at all so the next one will be great..

    thats funny they flow diaz in on the singing of the DVD not the winnr of the fight

  7. steve

    August 29, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Scott I guess u feel like real dumfuck now dont ya:)

  8. steve

    August 29, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Correction he is a Dumbfuck* and i just cant type;)

  9. steve

    August 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Also Bussinessman wat u think about this smart guy.

  10. Rayburn

    August 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

    What are u guys talking about. His explanation is pathetic. The guy is the champion and he has openly refused to fight on two CBS cards. the whole thing sounds like he is just jealous of nick diaz. Diaz is a draw, he has fought some of the top fighters in the world, all the news sites want to get an interview with him after his rambling sherdog interview.

    KJ didn't beat him legitimately, he might have been winning at the time but winning the title by a cut is instant grounds for a rematch in my book, especially in elite. the guy thinks by wining a vacant elite lightweight title by TKO-cut and beating yves Edwards who was contemplating retiring after losing three in a row. he thinks hes a draw like chuck liddell.

    Dumbass, you cant buy exposure like the CBS cards. take that exposure and go do boxing or negotiate with another mma promotion.

    one more thing, saying you want to be a boxer then calling out Gary Shaw, one of the biggest promoters in boxing is not the best thing for your career.

  11. tom

    August 29, 2008 at 12:47 am

    i agree he is the champ and needs to fight the number one guy they have..

  12. Andre

    August 29, 2008 at 1:08 am

    This only proves once again how poorly EliteXC treats there fighters KJ Noons is the defending Champ , so why should he be forced to fight someone he already beat, is it because there is nobody else to fight, No its because EliteXc needs to push there Ratings and make money They dont care about the integrity of the sport or what is good Match making.

  13. Morey

    August 29, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Why do these MMA promoters think that they have to be like Dana White to do business and make money? Jared Shaw didn't have to try to get into every press interview bashing a champion. They let Diaz and his camp spoil the Noons victory in Hawaii like some bad WWE episode ending. I wouldn't fight Diaz after he pulled that shit.

  14. Dave

    August 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Agree with u morey and Andre. It dont benefit KJ at all to fight Diaz again he has already proven he can beat him.And if the money and bad promoting wsnt enough Diaz is one of those morons that will talk shit even if u beat him up 4 times.

  15. Kash

    August 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Elite is making some bad moves and they are trying to get any attention they can. The Noons Hawaii event was great and that didn't get much attention, but the Kimbo CBS show did. I think Noons' manager and Jared Shaw just want their 15 minutes of fame.

    It would suck to lose Noons to boxing since that is so boring. But I wouldn't blame him if he does that when you favor a chump like Diaz for some bigger ratings. In my mind the champion should have more credability than the challenger.

  16. 314

    September 23, 2008 at 7:19 am

    fuck noons a champs job is to fight the best there is.diaz is the best contender at 160. even if he dont think diaz's is and he thinks nate started that shit with old man red face,his dad and still dont wont to fight him he not a true champ he's a bitch for not rep for his dad and stomping diaz out, whats that i smell smells like PUSSY.diaz will fight anybody anywere thats the american spirit and the real champ with pride stockton motherfucker

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