This seems to be Nate Diaz‘s current train of thought as he announced to MMA Fighting yesterday that he would be applying for his promoter’s license and launching his own fight promotion. The full statement from Diaz’ team reads as follows:
Nate will be applying for his promoters license in the coming weeks to form Real Fight, Inc., a new promotion that will focus on promoting combat sports shows, specifically boxing, MMA and BJJ.
The new venture has no bearing on his status as a fighter, where he will continue to be very active. Real Fight, Inc. is his expansion into the business side of the sport where he has been a fixture for close to 20 years.
The promotion will look attract fighters from around the world, whether it be up and coming prospects or household names who fit the brand of “Real Ninjas. Real Fighters. Real Shit.”
@realfightincNate Diaz’ representation to MMA Fighting
Diaz, who’s set to headline UFC 279 this weekend, is currently on the last fight of his contract with the promotion.
The AllStar MMA roundup
- UFC 279: Julian Erosa likely to make the fight down & dirty against “clean striker” Hakeem Dawodu
- UFC 279: Chad Anheliger says he wants to finish Heili Alateng – “I want to just beat this guy up”
- UFC 279: Darian Weeks clarifies UFC Paris dropout, ready to open UFC 279 with a bang
The best of the rest
- Ciryl Gane welcomes ‘hype,’ money of Jon Jones fight or interim title shot — but shoots down Curtis Blaydes – MMAFighting.com
- Francis Ngannou: Ciryl Gane looked great at UFC Fight Night 209, but ‘it’s really hard to be impressed’ – MMAJunkie.com
- Ciryl Gane after UFC Fight Night 209: Tai Tuivasa ‘100 percent’ hardest puncher I’ve faced – MMAjunkie.com
- Cris Cyborg announces retirement plans, desire for superfights – BloodyElbow.com
- Kamaru Usman describes disorienting aftermath of UFC 278 knockout loss: ‘Leon gave me a 20-minute nap’ – MMAFighting.com
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The morning view
Gilbert Burns gives his expert insight into UFC 279’s main event:
The Weasle dissects Cyril Gane’s knockout of Tai Tuivasa:
If you’ve got time, Morning Kombat’s Nate Diaz Resume Review is a thing of beauty:
And dig in to the history of Fedor Emelianenko’s twisted brother:
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On this day in MMA…
On the 5th of September, 2007, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone made his WEC debut at WEC 30 with a record of just 7-0.
Cerrone would submit his opponent, Kenneth Alexander, in the first minute of the opening round – however, the decision would be overturned to a no contest after Cerrone tested positive for a banned substance following the bout.
Cerrone fought in the WEC nine more times over the following three years until the promotion was bought out by the UFC, where ‘ Cowboy’ would finish his career in 2022 with an overall record of 36-17-0.