A lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is headed to The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. The bout will technically be their third meeting in the Octagon. UFC officials announced the bout earlier today.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 cast mates will meet for a third time after falling to 1-2 in their previous outings. Diaz was floored by Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7, while Maynard was flattened by T.J. Grant at UFC 160. The two officially met once at UFC Fight Night 20, with Maynard being the victor, but Diaz finished Maynard in their TUF 5 semifinal.
The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale will take place November 30 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will feature the finals for TUF 18’s women’s and men’s bantamweight tournaments. The show will air live on FOX Sports 1. More bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.