TUF 18 Finale to Feature Gray Maynard-Nate Diaz Part III
By FCF Staff
The UFC has announced that the November 30th, TUF 18 Finale will feature a rubber match between lightweights Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. The card will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maynard and Diaz met for the first time during the semifinals of TUF 5, and the latter submitted Maynard with a second round guillotine choke. The bout was not an official fight. The two met again at UFC Fight Night 20 in January, 2010, however this time Maynard scored a split decision win.
More recently, Diaz (16-9) has dropped back-to-back bouts to Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson, after winning three straight.
Maynard (11-2-1), meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage loss to TJ Grant in May after earning a split decision win over Clay Guida last June.
The TUF 18 Finale will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will feature the bantamweight finals in both the men’s and women’s TUF competition.