Nick Diaz is going to War

In News, Sports on May 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Retired Stockton mixed martial artist Nick Diaz may soon be getting back into the sport that made him famous. reported on Tuesday that Diaz intends to start his own MMA promotion entitled War Mixed Martial Arts which would be based in Stockton. Sherdog was also able to confirm with the California State Athletic Commission that Diaz has applied for a temporary promoter’s license which, if approved, would allow Diaz to promote one event. Afterwards he would be allowed to apply for a full promoter’s license if the initial event goes well.

That event is rumored to take place at the Stockton Arena on June 22nd, but all of that is contingent on Diaz getting his temporary promoter’s license approved. It’s unclear who would appear on the rumored card. June 22nd is an ambitious start date for a promotion that hasn’t legally formed yet. Diaz would have a pool of talent to pull from at his local gym that he runs in the area and Northern California has never had a shortage of aspiring mixed martial artists. A six-week training camp would be on the low end of typical fight preparation, especially if Diaz plans on tapping regional rookies.

One person who you can probably count on not fighting would be Diaz himself. Diaz, who retired after losing a lopsided decision to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre back in March, likely has at least one fight left on his UFC contract and would have to be released from his contract by UFC President Dana White in order to come out of retirement to fight for another promotion. His decision to start his own promotion makes that unlikely.


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