After losing his last two fights, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is going to try a different role in MMA. Get ready for Nick Diaz, fight promoter. The man who gave fight promoters Dana White and Scott Coker many a headache as a fighter is starting War MMA. Their first event will be June 22 in -- where else? -- Stockton, Calif.
Even without Diaz in the fight, they will still have a certain Diaz-ian flair. Check out the rules:
WAR employs the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, as modified (1) to accommodate the use of a ring rather than a cage, and (2) to discourage stalling and holding — by disallowing elbows to the head of a grounded opponent. Disallowing elbows to the head of a grounded opponent requires a fighter in top position on the ground to either seek to advance his position or to create distance to punch downwards, which is the same distance needed for the bottom position fighter to attack with submission attempts, or to attempt to get up. Permitting elbows on the ground encourages holding and stalling.
Of course. Diaz has complained about being held by fighters in the past, so he isn't going to allow any "holding or stalling" here, either.
The first card will feature UFC veterans Daniel Roberts and Antonio Banuelos. Check out the entire card here. Since Diaz has been in contact with so many fight promoters, did they offer any advice?
"Welcome to the losing money business," White said. "You wanna lose money? Come on in the business. It looks fun from the outside."
Consider that White's version of a commencement speech. Hopefully, Diaz's fighters won't do things like miss press conferences or fail drug tests. If so, they'll have just one response.