I Laughed, I Cried: 2 Days With Nick Diaz’s WAR

I Laughed, I Cried: 2 Days With Nick Diaz’s WAR


2 Days with Nick Diaz’s WAR MMA” is 21 minutes of insight into the “420” friendly promotion. The first 15 minutes is a must see.

If you don’t have time, here’s a synopsis:

Headquarters is Nick’s house. Most of the last minute tweaking of the show takes place in the kitchen, which is replete with a bong, marijuana poster, hash pipe, bench press, heavy bag, knife throwing target, fridge etc.

As the video kicks off Jonathan Tweedale, head (?) of Nick Diaz Productions (“we don’t do formal titles”) is off to “Buffalo Wild Wings” for the weigh-ins, which (just) happens to coincide with “happy hour”. Once there, as Tweedale points out, “this is a pub…maybe even the commissioner is having a few…there’s no hurry. We can just chill and relax.”

The event was so relaxed that one fighter put a pint back before his weigh-in (at least I think he was a fighter) and Nick himself, was a no-show for his own event. This annoyed one of the local media, who tried to explain to Tweedale that the press release stated that Diaz would be at the weigh-ins. Tweedale in reply, stated that Nick didn’t want to be paraded around and that the fighters were the stars. The debate continued until it fizzled out, with neither appreciating the other’s point-of-view.

Next, we find ourselves back at WAR headquarters the day of the fight, where Tweedale and company are battling internet hackers who are trying to shut-down the live (WAR) stream and dealing with their stress by smoking pot out of a massive bong. Tweedale himself, asks if there is any tobacco in the bong and when told no, but that it’s “resin” that’s being smoked, takes a pass on a hit and gets back to work; gripping stuff.


From there it’s off to the fights and Nick’s first appearance in the film, at the 15:00 minute mark. Beyond that, there’s not much more.

“2 Days” is a must see if you’re a Diaz fan or simply like watching people do bong hits on camera. I give it 5 arm-bars out of 5 arm-bars.  



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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.


    When other fighters complain about things. Nick did something about it. It's a indie fed and it's not going to challenge any of the big feds. BUT…. Nick did something. Not complain. HE DID SOMETHING!

    He took his GSP fight and the pay off to create new jobs and did something about the rules he complained about. Promoting IS not easy and I don't get why they want to interview Nick? War is for the fighters. It's not for Nick to steal the spotlight. Nick did the right thing… even if the media doesn't like it.

    He might be misunderstood. But you gotta respect somebody who does something about his problem and not just B*tch and cry.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

      and seriously, where is the edit button? Seriously… im trying to proof read my posts. But sometimes i toss out a comment and forget to proof read it. lol

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        lol, Brian was joking around, there's no edit button at lowkick. Im sure we all wish we could edit others posts though haha.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

          Entity…you are much more cynical than I.

          I had never thought of that, good for you. Maybe that's the reason, we don't have an edit button.

          However, as there is a delete button…the point falls apart. :-(

          Either way, delete, no delete, it's still all stored in Utah. :-) :-)

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        NC…I told you where the edit button is. lol

        copy…delete…refresh…reply…paste…correct…send = edit button. :-)

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

          Sure, but why are black holes black?

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            Because it's the only color option available.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman


            In simple terms…

            Around a black hole, there is a mathematically defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return. The hole is called "black" because it absorbs all the light that hits the horizon, reflecting nothing, just like a perfect black body in thermodynamics.[2][3] Quantum field theory in curved spacetime predicts that event horizons emit radiation like a black body with a finite temperature. This temperature is inversely proportional to the mass of the black hole, making it difficult to observe this radiation for black holes of stellar mass or greater.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

            And the sky is only blue because of the moisture reflected by the sun in our atmosphere.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            Odesa, point of order.

            As there is no visible light in the vacuum of space there is no luminosity for a black hole to absorb. Any waves or particles of electromagnetic radiation which are absorbed are done so in their natural state (which is that of invisible to the naked eye in space). Subsequently, light is not being crushed to the point of blackness, for there is no visible light to crush or terminate to begin with.

            All interesting stuff, though.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

          ok, wheres the delete button? lol

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      I agree with you NC. Absolutely.

      I take my hat off to Nick for doing it, but he has surrounded himself with a bunch of Keystone cops.

      It's a likeable crew for sure, but are the guys to get the job done?

      I love the whole vibe of it. I think it's honest. I think it's a lot of things, but it's more a sideshow act than anything in terms of it's promotion and my guess is that Nick took a loss on the event.

      I take my hat off to him, seriously and for all the reasons you stated. I commend him for his efforts, but Nick is a visionary and not a bureaucrat and that's what he needs. A good one.

      I give Jonathan Tweedale, high marks in the one category that probably means the most to Nick and that is loyalty to his vision. In the interview, he defends Nick's positions with the zeal of a guard dog, including not being at the weigh-ins, when the press release clearly stated that he would be. He made no apologies to the reporter, he just kept stating the case and then just shut him down, when the reporter wouldn't focus on the event he was there to cover. On this point, Tweedale had a point. It's not supposed to be about Nick. It's supposed to be about the fighters. The reporter just couldn't get it. He obviously couldn't see how he could write a column about WAR without Nick being part of the story.

      On that point, my guess is the reporter's article was probably about Nick not being at the weigh-in. If so, then what's the reporter's opinion worth, anyway?

      If Nick is doing this, then what I wish he'd bring into his camp would be a savvy business man or woman.

      If this turns out to be a one off, I won't be shocked, but either way good for Nick for doing it.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

        @Brian….good assessment….he would have had to of taken a loss considering the start up costs…web design, licensing, t-shirts, banners, venues, announcers,ring girls, accomodation, travel…list goes on….

        There were some cowboys or what I would consider some
        POT smoking cheerleaders in the background. Then there were the journalists asking where Nick was.It was kinda good he wasn't there otherwise questions would have been about ufc…

        They definetly didn't look like professionals however they would have learnt a hell of alot from the experience.

        The pay what you think its worth probably didn't generate alot of money for them.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

          If he wants to make it a success, the first question to ask is…why was the fight held in Stockton?

          What Nick should do is move his "small" fight to Vegas and put it on the night before or the afternoon of, a UFC card.

          People would show up to watch a Nick Diaz card, particularly when the ticket price is going to be a fraction of that of the UFC and on top of it, the fans get a much more up-close-and-personal view of the fights. There are no bad seats.

          I think it he did that 3 or 4 times a year, he could grow his business and lets face facts, it wouldn't be as if he would be affecting the UFC business at all.

          As long as Nick's tickets were only $20 to $40 (max)…people would go, watch his bout the night before or afternoon of the fight. If a fan has gone to Vegas to see fights, I don't see how they could take a pass on a Nick Diaz promotion, particularly if Nick is at the event. It would be worth the price of admission just to meet him, say hello and get a picture taken with him. I'd slap down $30 for that deal and some fights. Sure, why not?

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

            @ Brian, i think it's just legal. He'd have to submit and get approved to hold an event in Nevada. Also the fee's. Im sure in his home town he rented the venue for next to no money compared to vegas.

            he also teaches at Gracie's school with his brother. Which I respect a lot. Nate teaches kids classes and does he best to show any body can change their life around. That means a lot of parents, siblings, uncles and local club members to donate time and volunteer to support their local community event.

            Stockton as a town went bankrupt. This might not be much, but for a guy who rep's his own home town. This may have done more for his local community that at lot of us outsiders even realize.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman


            Thanks for explaining that – I like/ respect Nick even more now… that is awesome.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            That's all true NC, but Nick has to ask himself the question of, does he want to be a successful MMA promoter or is this about saving Stockton, single-handedly?

            As to approval and costs, he must already be having to do that now, so doing it in Nevada should be anymore of a hurdle to get over.

            I don't know anything about promoting, but could he not do it in a bar in Vegas, as the UFC has done with the Hard Rock? Put on a pre-card, card during a UFC weekend and in a decent size bar.

            The other thing to remember, is that the more success Nick would have with the promotion, the more revenue he could bring back to Stockton.

            If the UFC cannot prevent him from riding on their coat-tails and to be honest, I don't know why they'd care, it would seem to be to be the smart business move.

            My two cents on it at any rate, if I was sitting in the room smoking and spit-balling with the team.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman


            Smart thinking RE the way Nick should promote.

            I would like to see Nick succeed… send him an email, with your idea in exchange for an afternoon in his kitchen listening to Bob Marley, throwing knives at pictures of Dana and bench pressing that huge 40 kilo stack.

            One added bonus for you would be the level of intellectual superiority you will experience when you are there… those guys end the evening by looking up to you like you are an intellectual God.

            You'll probably end up with an offer to start your own mma lable called, The Cox Suckers.


          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

            Odessa, I'm sure Mr. Diaz doesn't need an email from me with my spurious notions on what he should do with his business.

            As to the my own MMA label, your suggestion is too obvious. I have to say though, although not particularly original, I haven't heard a pun based on my last name since grade 5. So, it does have some "back-in-the-day" merit to it. :-)

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.


        I think his crew is solid! That is the big thing. Smart people aren't the ones who know everything. Their the ones who know when to get help, who to get help from, and what needs to be done.

        The reporter would've just asked a bunch of questions to get Nick worked up. So he could snake quote and steal some hits. Nick could've said, I'm tired of UFC's BS. I wanna start my own fed to take of my guys."

        I'm willing to bet, that reporter would've slapped a headline like, " Nick Diaz say's, 'UFC IS BULLSH*T!' during WAR MMA press conference!!!!"

        Nick isn't as dumb as some of these reporters think he is.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

          NC, the last thing Nick Diaz is…is dumb and I agree with your thoughts on the reporter and trying to get a sensational headline, as opposed to the story.

          And you're right about what smart people do, they hire dogs. A man does not need to know how to do a thing, he simply needs to know what needs to be done. If he doesn't personally have the skill, he hires someone that does. Defacto, anybody can do anything they want they just need to hire a dog and let the dog do the barking, biting and fetching.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    This video is a perfect example why I quit smoking pot years ago lmao, Tweedale is a stoner idiot.
    I do admit Buffalo WildWings is the very best place for wings though, that place rocks!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Entity…he smokes pot, for sure, but the term "stoner" is just a pejorative as is "conspiracy theorist" and idiot, he certainly is not.

      …and to be blunt, if he's copping a buzz and doing the job, is that not the very antithesis of "stoner".

      Your logic almost makes me wonder what you're smoking…E.

      Side note: If you're in the neighborhood, pop by for a 420 beer. It's a great local brew. You'll love it, man.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        Tweedale locks his keys in his car, cant even walk out the door without being tangled in his own I-phone, and simply leaves it hanging from the door and even considered breaking his window.
        By no means "sharp" at all.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

          Yeah, that was pretty hilarious when he locked his keys in the car.

          Either way, the got the show off. I have to give them full props for it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/hatch1921 hatch1921

    Save 15 min of your life and start @ 15:01 Hope things work out for Nick in the long run.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PukeVomit PukeVomit

    at 15:19 you can see clay guida's beautiful twin-brother!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      lmao, I had that exact same thought. It's Guida 30 years from now hahaha

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman

        That guy looked like one of the Gypsies from the film ******.

        Did you notice that one of the ring girls looked like, a male who had turned his life around (to put it kindly).