A potential grudge match is brewing between KJ Noons and Mayhem Miller.
MMA Junkie reported that the welterweight champion and the Bully Beatdown host had words backstage following Saturday's fights. Diaz allegedly threw a water bottle at Mayhem before others stepped in to break up the fight.
Diaz and Miller's bad blood stems from a post-fight brawl in the Strikeforce: Nashville card. After Jake Shields defeated Dan Henderson, Mayhem Miller snuck into the cage, asking when he'd get a rematch. Shields and Diaz pushed Miller and all hell broke loose, with Diaz emerging as one of the more aggressive fighters in the all-out melee. Miller was probably wishing he'd put on his protective gear before being vastly outnumbered in the brawl, but he did emerge smiling.
As for the possibility of Diaz vs. Miller, Scott Coker remains hopeful. "That would be a great fight to promote," Coker told MMA Junkie. "It's not hard to promote that fight. But we'll see if they really want to do fight in the cage. It's one thing to have them bump in to each other in the hallway and call each other names. But if they really want to fight in the cage, if anybody can put it together, we can put it together."
Coker is right that the fight would be great to promote. In fact, it would practically promote itself. If the video footage of the post-fight brawl isn't enough, interviews with Mayhem Miller wearing his "Don't be scared, homie" t-shirt and ranting into the camera would definitely create even more buzz.
Although Miller has repeatedly requested the fight, Diaz's management has indicated that the fight would either need to take place at welterweight or at a catchweight. Miller would definitely have trouble making welterweight at this point unless he spends some serious time in the sauna suit. Whether this is just part and parcel of the negotiation process or it's Diaz making excuses remains to be seen.