The idea behind Nick Diaz’s WAR MMA is to bring back that regional, Bay Area promotion that fans knew and loved that was called Strikeforce. Strikeforce was one of a kind at the time, as it filled in the gap that was filled by larger MMA promotions who weren’t frequenting the Bay Area or highlighting local talent. That is the feel that Nick Diaz is trying to bring back to the Bay Area — not just the 209, apparently.
It is clear that Diaz and his team have a way to go before they are knocking on the door of being a well-respected promotion like Strikeforce was, but Saturday’s showing from them was a good start. They are now looking forward, planning their next event and what else they’ll need to do in the future. Diaz’s representative, Jonathan Tweedale, spoke to Ariel Helwani about it and even hinted that the next event might be outside of the 209.