Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz Bumped Up To Headline TUF 18 Finale

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The UFC has announced that Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is the new main event for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30 replacing the Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight.

The reason Johnson-Benavidez, which was originally scheduled for the TUF 18 was moved to the Fox show was due to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had to bow out of his title fight with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.

This will be the third time that Diaz and Maynard have squared off, but the second time officially as they fought each other when they were on the fifth season of TUF, with Diaz winning by submission. The two battled at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Diaz comes into the fight on a two fight losing streak, defeated by Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. Maynard is 2-2-1 in his last five fights losing most recently to T.J. Grant by knockout at UFC 160 in May.

Usually main event fights are five rounds, but due to this fight being in 19 days, it will be a three round affair. The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II At TUF 18 Finale

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson competed at UFC on Fox 8 and you would have though with having a baby as well that he would take the rest of the year off. It was announced on “UFC Tonight”, that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship against Joseph Benavidez in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale.

Johnson and Benavidez battled last year at UFC 152 when Johnson won the inaugural flyweight championship by split decision. Since that time, Johnson defeated John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 in January and beat John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 in July.

Benavidez since then has defeated Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formaga. The California native stated after his win over Formiga that he wasn’t calling for a title shot, but he will be getting this shit at Johnson.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale will take place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will also feature Nate Diaz battling Grey Maynard and the men’s and women’s finale of The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Here is the updated card for The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale:

- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. Joseph Benavidez – for flyweight title
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ men’s tournament final
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ women’s tournament final
- Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

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Benson Henderson vs T.J. Grant To Headline UFC 164

Ever since the end of UFC on Fox 7, we were wondering when Benson Henderson would step into the octagon.

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We have a date and a dance partner for the champion.

It was announced on UFC Tonight on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will be squaring off against number one contender T.J.Grant in the main event of UFC 164.

That event will be taking place on Saturday, August 31 from Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) became the number one contender when he defeated Grey Maynard by TKO last month at UFC 160.

Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) made the third defense of his lightweight title when he defeated former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez in April at UFC on Fox 7.