BUZZFEED! UFC Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale complete FOX Sports 1 event details

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Another season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has came and gone for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), meaning it's time we take a look at the men and women who will compete in the finals in each of their respective bantamweight divisions. Plus, we examine the rubber match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard. All the action will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 later this evening (Sat., Nov. 30, 2013).

Are you buzzing yet? If not, we kind of understand the reason.

Here is another edition of Buzzfeed, dedicated to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale, which takes place tonight (Sat., Nov. 30, 2013) at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No time for fluffy pleasantries ... let's get down to brass tax:

Who: Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

What: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Why It Matters: We will see a winner crown in both the men's and women's 135-pound divisions, with both finals from TUF 18's tournament taking place on this card. This was the first season that both men and women shared and competed in the house, and for the first time ever, a TUF winner will feature a female fighter. Also, it is the rubber match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard in the main event (each have one win apiece).

What's Hot: Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will settle the score after originally meeting in TUF 5's lightweight tournament. Diaz was able to submit Maynard with a guillotine choke, however years later at UFC Fight Night 20, Maynard scored a split decision win over Diaz. Call it controversial, but Maynard walked out of the Octagon with the victory.

Hopefully, Saturday night's main event will prove to be decisive.

The first ever-female TUF winner will be crowned, which is rather exciting. At least it is historical, for those of you who could not care less about the flagship show for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and have given up on the program.

What's Not: If you did not watch TUF 18 this year (see a slight notch above this paragraph), you will not be pleased with the main card. Out of five bouts, four of them include TUF 18 participants.

New Blood: Julianna Pena and Jessica Rakoczy will look to become the first women's Bantamweight fighter to win the promotion's reality-series tournament, both having never competed inside the Octagon.

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Roxanne Modafferi steps inside the Octagon for the first time ever, too, against another debutant, semifinalist Raquel Pennington.

Joining them are other TUF 18 participants, including Jessamyn Duke and Peggy Morgan, who will also make their debuts.

The men's Bantamweight final features Chris Holdsworth and David Grant, who will look to seal the deal in their first Octagon appearances.

Younger brother of former UFC fighter Jake Rosholt, Jared Rosholt, makes his debut against another newcomer, Walter Harris on the "Prelims" under card.

Making his debut after 11 straight wins, the resurgent Tom Niinimaki faces Rani Yahya in the Featherweight division.

Drew Dober will fight for the UFC for the first time, taking on Sean Spencer, who is currently 1-1 in the promotion.

Legacy FC and Shark Fights alumni Ryan Benoit takes on another fresh face in the first fight of the night, Joshua "The Gremlin" Sampo.

Original Card vs. Actual Card: This card was supposed to feature a Flyweight championship fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, who would have met for the second time. The pair will instead fight at UFC on FOX 9 because Anthony Pettis withdrew from his Lightweight championship showdown with Josh Thomson on the same card.

Zak Cummings and Sergio Moraes were supposed to duke it out, but the former suffered an injury and was replaced by Sean Spencer. Moraes then suffered an injury as well, and was replaced by Drew Dober.

How do the "Prelims" look?: Apart from two intriguing contests, they are nothing to write home about. Akira Corassani vs. Maximo Blanco and Rani Yahya vs. Tom Niinimaki should be two hotly contested fights, and heavyweight prospect Jared Rosholt makes his anticipated debut against Walter Harris.

The rest involve a handful of promotional debutants, in which you can see down below.

Who needs a win badly: Besides the four participants in their respective bantamweight finals, Diaz must avoid a three-fight losing streak, and Maynard will look to avoid a second straight loss. It's an important match for each fighter, although, a defeat for either lightweight should not signal the end of his UFC career.

Since most of the promotional newcomers are coming off of a win, Modafferi, Pennington, Duke and Morgan need to win to stay employed by the UFC. It is make or break time for these four combatants.

Interest Level: 6.5/10

Okay, the main event is a fight that almost everyone would watch. And yes, we are being treated to two Bantamweight finales. Apart from the fact that the second half of TUF 18 absolutely sucked, the rest of the card is incredibly average. Akira Corassani, Maximo Blanco and Rani Yahya have all been involved in entertaining fights before, yet we cannot help but notice that this event is nothing special. And airing it at 10 p.m. ET on a Saturday night could further hurt the UFC ratings on FOX.

Here is the full TUF 18 Finale fight card:

Main Event:

155 lbs.: Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy (TUF 18 Women's Final)
135 lbs.: David Grant vs. Chris Holdsworth (TUF 18 Men's Final)
135 lbs.: Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan
135 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington

FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani
145 lbs.: Tom Niinimaki vs. Rani Yahya
265 lbs.: Walter Harris vs. Jared Rosholt
170 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Sean Spencer

Facebook Prelims (7:30 p.m. ET):

125 lbs.: Ryan Benoit vs. Joshua Sampo

For more on the upcoming TUF 18 Finale: "Maynard vs. Diaz" be sure to check out our complete event news archive right here.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of TUF 18 Finale main card action on fight night (Sat., Nov. 30, 2013), which is slated to begin promptly at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The latest fight-by-fight updates of all the live action will begin to flow around 7 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook.

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