A bizarre rumor has been confirmed as the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has confirmed that UFC welterweight Nick Diaz has applied for a promoter’s license in his home state. Rumors had begun to spread when the often controversial fighter’s name became attached to promotional website (NickDiazPromotions.com), that featured a new promotion called WAR Mixed Martial Arts.
MMAJunkie confirmed the news earlier today.
Diaz was last in action at UFC 158, where he lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. After the fight Diaz bounced back and forth on the issue of retirement, stating he would only come back to face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva or a rematch with St-Pierre. Diaz also made odd comments about not paying his taxes following the bout.
While Diaz’s background check came back clean, there are still significant steps that will have to be undertaken by the fighter in order to become a promoter. Diaz will be subject to a financial review, a resume review, and will need to file the articles of incorporation.
This news is just the latest in the career of the former Strikeforce welterweight champion. While anything involving Diaz usually needs to be taken with a grain of salt, the Stockton native has at least taken steps to add promoter to his fight career.