Nick Diaz's new MMA promotion debuts June 22nd in Stockton

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Nick Diaz has started a promotion called WAR MMA, and they will put on their debut event in Stockton on June 22nd.

Yes, this is really happening. UFC welterweight Nick Diaz has decided to get into the promotion game, and word of his new MMA promotion came out a few weeks ago. Many thought that this venture wouldn't see the light of day, but apparently it will. MMA Junkie reports that the California State Athletic Commission has granted Nick a promoter's license (as long as he shows up or calls in to their June 10th meeting), and the first show will take place on June 22nd in the 10,000 seat Stockton arena.

The main event will feature Cesar Gracie fighter and former UFC combatant Daniel Roberts (14-4) taking on Justin Baesman (12-4). The co-main will also feature another former Zuffa fighter, as UFC/WEC vet Antonio Banuelos (20-9-1) meets Benny Vinson (4-1).

The promotion will use a modified ring instead of a cage to avoid stalling on the ground, and won't allow elbow strikes on the ground. Here's a look at the current card:

Justin Baesman vs. Daniel Roberts
Antonio Banuelos vs. Benny Vinson
Caleb Mitchell vs. Evan Esguerra
Roy Boughton vs. Liron Wilson
Mike Persons vs. Clayton McKinney
Darin Cooley vs. Cody Gibson


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