Nate Diaz is starting his own MMA promotion, not retiring

Nate Diaz is one of UFC’s biggest stars. In lead up to Khamzat Chimaev bout, he’s revelaled plans to launch his own promotion.

This will be his own combat sports organization. In a press release, Diaz said that he intends to file for a promoter’s license to conduct events such as boxing, mixed martial arts, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions.

The press release also stated that this decision by Diaz will have no impact on his professional career in MMA – he’s not retiring.

Just days before his UFC 279 main event against unbeaten welterweight prospect Khamzat Chimaev, Diaz decided to join the realm of combat sports promotion. He’s following in the footsteps of Masvidal, Nurmagomedov and Faber who all started their own promotions.

Chimaev bout will be the last on Diaz’s current UFC contract since he was not willing to extend it after a well-publicized spat with the promotion’s management.

Francis Ngannou applauded the decision.

Khazmat Chimaev while speaking about the event, stated:

“ Everyone loves him, everyone talk about this gangster. I eat gangsters for the breakfast. I’m gonna f**k that guy (up).”

Given that Khazmat has never lost in MMA, Diaz is considered the underdog in the contest. Famous for defeating Conor McGregor in 2016, Diaz has grown to be one of the most popular athletes in MMA because of his approachable style and outspoken nature.

This isn’t the first promotion for the Diaz family. His brother Nick tried to start War MMA following his defeat to Georges St-Pierre in the UFC 158 main event.

War MMA made its debut in 2013 with a 12-bout program. However, it ceased operations beyond that point and has since been suspended indefinitely.