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    Default TUF 18 Finale sees Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard meet for third time

    The rubber match between perennial lightweight contenders and "The Ultimate Fighter 5" participants Nate Diaz (16-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) will take place at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale.

    UFC officials today announced the pair have verbally agreed to meet at the Nov. 30 event, which takes place at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.

    MMAjunkie.com has confirmed with UFC officials that the bout is not expected to serve as the evening's headliner.

    While it's not officially reflected in the fighters' records, Diaz and Maynard first met in the semifinal round of 2007's "The Ultimate Fighter 5," where eventual tournament winner Diaz earned a second-round submission victory via guillotine choke.

    The rematch was scheduled for the headlining bout of 2010's UFC Fight Night 20 event, and Maynard bounced back with a split-decision win.

    Following the loss, Diaz moved up to 170 pounds for a four-fight stint but has since dropped back down to lightweight, where he built an impressive three-fight win streak before recently losing back-to-back outings to Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson.

    Meanwhile, Maynard has gone 2-2-1 since the second Diaz fight, a run that includes a pair of classic bouts with then-champ Frankie Edgar. Most recently, Maynard was dismantled by top contender T.J. Grant.

    Featuring women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her most heated rival, Miesha Tate, as opposing coaches, "TUF 18" premiered Sept. 4 on the new FOX Sports 1 cable network, where it will then air each Wednesday night through the season. Rousey and Tate are the first female coaches in "TUF" history – and they're coaching teams of both women and men bantamweight fighters, all living in the same house.
    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...for-third-time

    Meh.

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    Decent fight, Maynard has taken this "Striker Mentality" lately so he might make it an enjoyable fight. Nate shows up to fight regardless.
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    Gray should take it.

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    I thought we kept hearing about how Nate was having too much trouble with the cut down to LW and didn't want to come in and under perform? This is an interesting fight, Nate looked poor against Thomson, but Gray got so gutted against Grant, that both are looking to rebound here. If forced to choose, I think Gray improving and getting back into a more general routine after coming off the knee injury is closer to the fighter I'd take here, because I don't see Nate's cuts going any better.

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    Nate Diaz Doesn't Want Gray Maynard, Says "F*** That, I'm Fighting Pettis"
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...ighting-pettis
    Nathan Diaz ✔ @NateDiaz209

    Nah Fuck that I'm fightin Pettis
    3:32 PM - 8 Sep 2013
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    I'm sure getting knocked out by Thompson in his last fight helps his claim for a title shot.



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    Quote Originally Posted by initial_zen View Post
    I'm sure getting knocked out by Thompson in his last fight helps his claim for a title shot.
    It does in Nate's mind cause he's still convinced Thompson was afraid of him.

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