WAR MMA promoter Nick Diaz planning to stay retired, won’t 'whore himself to the media' like UFC’s Dana White

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Nick Diaz isn’t planning a return to UFC anytime soon, according to his legal representative Jonathan Tweedale, who says the only way Diaz would return to the Octagon is if he gets a fight against either Anderson Silva or Georges St. Pierre.

After coming up short in his bid to dethrone current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158 earlier this year, Nick Diaz has decided to call it a career.

As a fighter, that is.

That's the second time the Stockton slugger has hung up his gloves after losing his chance to become UFC champion in as many tries, the first being his loss to former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 143 back in 2012.

This time, it seems, the retirement will stick, as Diaz has decided to dedicate his time to running his own mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, WAR MMA.

Or as UFC President Dana White calls it, "The losing money business."

According to Nick's legal representative, Jonathan Tweedale -- who appeared on a recent edition of "The MMA Hour" -- the former Strikeforce 170-pound champion isn't planning a return to fighting anytime soon. Unless, of course, fans want to see him in a match-up against either current middleweight champion Anderson Silva or a rematch against "Rush."

Tweedale explains:

"That depends on two things. It depends on whether the fans really want to see him in a really interesting match-up, and it depends whether Nick is willing to come out of retirement and bring the fans a really, really big match. It's just difficult to imagine anything not involving one of those two fighters, at this point in time, that would be sufficient. But you're right, maybe in three years the landscape has totally changed. Anderson is long retired, GSP is retired, there's a new welterweight champ that's held the belt for a couple years. Who knows? You can never predict the future. But as of now, he's retired, and I don't see that changing anytime in the imminent future."

While either of those fights are highly unlikely to happen anytime soon, Diaz will keep himself busy as he prepares to put on his first-ever MMA event on June 22, 2013 from Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.

And if you're asking yourself how Diaz decided to get into the fight promoting business, it was all about giving back to the MMA community and helping fighters advance their combat careers. But don't think for a second that Nick will copy the UFC business model.

According to Tweedale, Nick wants all the focus to be on the fighters and not himself, unlike Dana White, who is the biggest star UFC has. And if you expect the bad boy from Stockton to "whore" himself around to the media using his name to sell tickets, think again.

"The genesis in his thought was he was looking at a bunch of the guys around on the team and in the community that weren't on his team, and thinking about whether they had adequate opportunities to fight. The thought was that a new promotion would provide a much needed opportunity for a lot of these guys to advance their careers. So, in part, it's about giving back to the sport and to the folks around him that have helped him along the way, and, in part, it's a new project to build something for his own future. If this was solely about dollars and cents then, yeah, he'd be out there whoring himself around to the media. But he wants the attention on the fighters and the promotion. It's a different model from the UFC's model where Dana White is biggest star that the UFC has. That's not how Nick is envisioning proceeding here."

And for the record, Diaz isn't following World Series of Fighting's (WSOF) business model either, where the promoter/president is competing at his own events as is the case with Ray Sefo, president of the upstart Las Vegas-based fight promotion who will compete at WSOF 4 this August.

Yet.

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