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PRESS RELEASE FROM STRIKEFORCE
COLLISION COURSE: THE PATH TO DIAZ vs. NOONS II
Three-Part Documentary Series Gives Fans An Inside Look
At The Training Camps and Lives Of Nick Diaz & KJ Noons
First Episode Premieres Tomorrow/Wednesday on Sherdog.com
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2010) - With cameras in the camps of bitter rivals Nick Diaz and KJ Noons, STRIKEFORCE presents Collision Course: The Path To Diaz vs. Noons II - an in-depth, three-part documentary series that provides exclusive, insightful, behind-the-scenes access to the lives and training camps of perhaps MMA's fiercest rivals as they prepare for a must-see Oct. 9 rematch presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at HP Pavilion, live on SHOWTIME®.
Each episode will premiere online at Sherdog.com, exclusively for a two-hour period, followed by widespread distribution on the web, including Strikeforce.com.
Premiering tomorrow/Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT, Episode 1 recaps their first fight on Nov. 7, 2007, which ended in controversy when Noons won a disputed, upset first-round TKO over Diaz in a thrilling, give-and-take brawl. Each fighter has since gone undefeated and animosity between the fighters has grown.
Episode 1 also provides the fighters' thoughts about a heated verbal exchange in the cage after an event in Hawaii in 2008 in which they both registered separate victories. Noons believes Diaz disrespected his family, while Diaz apologized, claiming that he wasn't the instigator. Finally, the episode will shed light on the events that lead to this anticipated rematch.
STRIKEFORCE: Diaz-Noons II is the main event of a stacked fight card on Oct. 9, LIVE on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The world championship doubleheader also features undefeated Sarah Kaufman (12-0) defending her STRIKEFORCE Women's Welterweight (135 pounds) World Title against No. 1 contender Marloes Coenen (17-4).
Also on the card, former STRIKEFORCE titlist and San Jose native Josh Thomson (17-3) will meet the world-ranked Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (15-3-1), of Brazil, in a fight that could determine the next challenger for STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Gilbert Melendez. Another featured fight will pit top prospects Tyron Woodley (8-0) and Andre Galvao (5-1) in a welterweight (170 pounds) throw-down.