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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Anthony Pettis Suffers Knee Injury, Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Main Event

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Anthony Pettis will have to wait on making his first title defense as UFC lightweight champion. It was announced on “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1 that Pettis has suffered a knee injury and is out of his UFC on Fox 9 main event fight with Josh Thomson.

Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. The Wisconsin native was originally was supposed to face T.J. Grant at the event, but Grant is still suffering the effects of a concussion suffered in June. That was when the UFC replaced Grant with Thomson, who had an impressive return to the UFC when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 in April.

UFC on FOX 9 will take place on Saturday December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes

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.

Photo from UFC.com

Photo from UFC.com

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.