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Kimbo, Diaz & Noons Final EliteXC Workout Week Quotes

John Beyrooty sent along the following:


Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007,

Xtreme Mixed Martial Arts Academy , Corpus Christi , Texas


Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007; SHOWTIME Telecast Begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT

The America Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Tex., will rock like it never has before when Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, presents “EliteXC: Renegade” this Saturday, Nov. 10, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

The main event will feature an EliteXC lightweight world title fight between talented, crowd-pleasing Nick Diaz of Stockton , Calif. , and exciting, hard-hitting KJ Noons of San Diego.

In an eagerly awaited match on the undercard, Kimbo Slice will make his EliteXC debut. A legendary underground no-knuckle fighter, Kimbo’s videos have been downloaded in excess of 10 million times — and counting — on YouTube. Kimbo, of Miami , Fla. , will be opposed by Bo “Redrum” Cantrell of Citrus Heights, Calif.

Saturday’s co-feature will match world-ranked welterweight, Jake Shields, of San Francisco , against Mike “Quicksand” Pyle, of Dresden , Tenn.

In other SHOWTIME-televised fights, Australia’s Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, will make his EliteXC debut against “Doctor” Seth “Mass Destruction” Kleinbeck, of Ozark, Ark., and Brazil’s Antonio “Big Foot” Silva returns to the cage for the first time in nine months against Jonathan Wiezorek of Valdosta, Ga.

Saturday’s scheduled non-televised, undercard fights that will be available on the week of Nov. 12 include: Geoff Bumstead (2-1), of Corpus Christi vs. Robert Ruiz (1-0), of Corpus Christi, at 265 pounds; Yves Edwards (29-13-1), of Woodlands, Tex., vs. Nick Gonzalez (13-5), of Austin, Tex., at 160 pounds; Jon Kirk (10-1) of Houston vs. Matt Lucas (7-0) at 185 pounds; Ralph Kelly (6-1), of San Antonio, vs. Brett Rogers (5-0) at 265 pounds; and Jae Sok Lim (7-2) vs. Lane Yarbrough (6-4). of Huntsville, Tex., at 170 pounds.

With the exception of Diaz-Noon, which is scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights are three, 5-minute rounds. The event will begin at 7 p.m. CT. Doors open at 6 o’clock.

Tickets in all price ranges, starting at $25, are available at the American Bank Center Box Office and all TicketMaster locations. They also may be obtained at or by calling (361) 881-8499. Any ticket buyer may purchase a $50 VIP Package Upgrade, which includes VIP parking and post-fight party at the American Bank Center .

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“I am really looking forward to a great fight and want to thank EliteXC and SHOWTIME for the opportunity. I am looking forward to fighting in Texas . I am definitely ready to get it on.

“I’ll be looking to spread some blood around. I am going to try and break his arm.”


“I’ve had good training and a good camp but I always think I can be in better shape. But I’m as in good of shape as I can be.

“KJ is coming to win, but I think I have some good strategies for him. I want to win this fight and then go on to fight the best in the world.”


“I have a great team and we have had one of our greatest camps ever. I am totally fit. Mentally, physically and emotionally, I am perfect.

“To fight for the EliteXC world title is a great opportunity for me. Nick is a great opponent, but I think I am stronger than he is.”


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