"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - Hunter S. Thompson
Nick Diaz was perhaps walking shirtless down the streets of Stockton, California; or on a lengthy bike ride; or conversing with his brother, Nate, when the idea of creating his own promotion was born.
OK, let's be honest, he was smoking medical marijuana. He was high.
The idea struck him with the same singular power the thought of Honey Buns or the size of the universe strikes an average stoner. In that moment, Diaz, with bloodshot eyes, sat in a catatonic state, hypnotized by a kaleidoscope of mixed martial arts' dreams. There, in his mind, Diaz was removed from the cage, wrapped in a suit, and standing behind a podium. This could only mean one thing: Nick Diaz should be a promoter.
So, over the next few hours, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion started an application process with the California State Athletic Commission to create WAR MMA. Then he purchased a website (www.nickdiazpromotions.com) and created a Twitter account.
Did he wake the next morning, dry-mouthed and confused, staring at the application and website, like a man reading through his texts after a night of drinking?
Maybe he wasn't high. Maybe this was the impetus of a strategic career move.
But this is Nick Diaz. You know, the same individual who is extremely uncomfortable with media, perpetually complains of his lack of funds, may have admitted tax evasion, consistently flips off the camera and claims to hate the sport of mixed martial arts.
One can only wonder if this is yet another act in the traveling side show of Nick Diaz or a true attempt at cementing a retirement plan.
We'll have to wait and see. And we will. Because Nick Diaz is character we don't want to lose.