If you’ve been wondering what else the TUF 18 Finale might feature in addition to the show’s final bouts, then you’ll probably be excited to hear that Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz have agreed to fight for a third time at the November 30th card.
The UFC announced the bout today via Twitter, which will go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Now you may recall that Maynard worked his way to a split decision win at UFC Fight Night 20 in January, 2010, but forgotten that Diaz tapped Maynard with a guillotine choke in the TUF 5 semifinals. That took place a little while back in 2007 and was not an official fight.
Back to 2013: Maynard (11-2-1) was stopped by T.J. Grant this past May at UFC 160, after earning a split decision win over Clay Guida at UFC on FX 4 last June. The powerful wrestler has gone 2-2-1 in his last five fights, two of which were a draw and a loss against former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
Diaz (16-9) will be looking to rebound from a stoppage loss to Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7 in January, and a UD defeat versus former champ Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 5 in December. Before the losses, Diaz had worked his way into a title fight with “Smooth”, by scoring impressive wins over Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller.
So, that has the potential to be a great fight, not only because of their history, but because what’s riding on it. Maynard currently sits at #4 in the lightweight division while Diaz is ranked #7. A win for either man would be huge.
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