Nick Diaz hasn’t said much recently about whether or not he will remain retired following his recent loss to Georges St-Pierre, but he is not sitting idle, launching a new facet to his professional life… WAR MMA.
Diaz made his new fight promotion official on Wednesday, announcing his first event, WAR 1, for June 22 at Stockton Arena in his hometown of Stockton, Calif.
The fight card currently stands at six bouts, featuring Daniel Roberts vs. Justin Baesman in the main event.
Other announced bouts on the inaugural WAR MMA fight card include Antonio Banuelos against Benny Vinson, Caleb Mitchell vs. Evan Esguerra, Roy Boughton vs. Liron Wilson, Mike Persons vs. Clayton McKinney, and Darin Cooley vs. Cody Gibson.
More bouts will be announced in the upcoming days. WAR MMA fight cards are expected to feature a mix of professional and amateur bouts.
WAR 1 will stream live for free at NickDiazPromotions.com. The stream begins at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Tickets are currently on sale.
Non-title bouts will consist of three five-minute rounds, while title bouts, when instituted, will consist of five five-minute rounds, and fall under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
In an attempt to re-institute more of the grappling game into its fights, WAR does not allow for elbows to the head of grounded opponent, forcing the fighter in top position on the ground to either advance position or create space for punching.
WAR MMA bouts will also be fought in a ring instead of a cage.