Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Noons II—Live Blogging, Results, Analysis from San Jose

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Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Noons II—Live Blogging, Results, Analysis from San Jose

Coming to you live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose where a surreal scene is unfolding as we await the rematch between Nick Diaz and K.J. Noons for Diaz' welterweight championship belt.

Although Noons defeated the Stockton Bad Boy when their first bout was stopped due to cuts on Diaz' forehead, that title contest was at 155 pounds. Subsequently, KJ and management refused to participate in a rematch at lightweight which resulted in the title being stripped by EliteXC before it folded.

Additionally, Diaz had his forehead "filed down" to reduce his propensity to open up and poor blood.

In other words, enough has changed that you might as well chuck the first confrontation.

However, none of that has to do with the current surreality. That's all thanks to the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization exhibition that's going on inside the cage.

It's always a little odd when fighters are wearing the skin-tight shirts. Then there's the matter of a virtually empty HP Pavilion except for pockets of fans who either couldn't care less about what's happening in the cage or are about to burst blood vessels cheering for who I can only assume are friends/family. Finally, the scraps themselves are a little bizarre.

Meanwhile, the guys from two MMA sites are bitterly grousing about cyber-politics and etiquette inside the sports journalism community.

It feels more than a little like a high-school basketball game at the moment. My guess is that changes once the pros take center stage.

But first let's revel in the amateur highlights...

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