Lightweight contender Gray Maynard and The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 20 on January 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, Diaz’s camp announced on Tuesday.
The matchup is a rematch from The Ultimate Fighter 5 semifinals, when Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine choke in the second-round of the bout to advance to the finals, where he defeated Manny Gamburyan to win the reality show.
Following a no contest against Rob Emerson at the TUF 5 Finale due to a double knockout, Maynard (8-0) has emerged as one of the top contenders at 155-pounds by remaining undefeated, pushing his record to 8-0 with six-straight wins inside the Octagon over the likes of Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and most-recently in September Roger Huerta.
After winning TUF 5 in mid-2007, Diaz (11-4) won four-straight, including wins over Kurt Pellegrino and Josh Neer, before dropping back-to-back fights to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson. He rebounded in September with a second-round submission of Melvin Guillard in the UFC Fight Night 19 headliner.
The fight card for the Spike TV televised event also includes Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce, Efrain Escudero vs. Nik Lentz, and Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson.
Pictured: Gray Maynard