Nick Diaz’s Promotion ‘War MMA’ Looks for June 22 Debut
The last few days have seen a tantalizing rumor develop into a prospective reality. Former UFC welterweight contender, Nick Diaz, is looking to start his own MMA promotion; more than that, he has already applied for a temporary promoter’s license in hopes of launching “War MMA” as soon as June 22.
Sherdog.com reached out to Executive Director of the California State Athletic Commission, Andy Foster, about Diaz’s plans. Foster confirmed, saying that “once all mandatory paperwork has been submitted, the onus will fall on [me] to grant Diaz the temporary license.”
Sherdog reported that War MMA is looking to debut on June 22 at the Stockton Arena with the intention of streaming the event online. Any talk of date and location, however, will have to wait for Foster and the California State Athletic Commission to grant the temporary license.
“If the temp license is awarded and the first War MMA event runs smoothly, Diaz could then appear before the CSAC at the next official meeting and apply for a full promoter’s license,” said Foster.
Nick Diaz is transitioning to a promoter in this, his second, retirement from MMA following a unanimous decision loss to UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158. Diaz has long been a vocal opponent of the scoring and judging in mixed martial arts, arguing that the status quo allows for fighters to use wrestling to win fights with points while stalling the action. It is quite possible, in fact the promotion’s name suggests, that Diaz will be pushing for exciting fights emphasizing finishes.