Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard rubber match set for Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

The Ultimate Fighting Championship books a rubber match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard for the Ultimate Fighter season 18 finale in Las Vegas.

Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard were cast mates on the fifth season of the Ultimate Fighter (TUF), coached by BJ Penn and Jens Pulver. The two met in the semi-finals with Diaz winning locking in a guillotine choke in the second round to go to the final to face Manny Gamburyan.

Maynard was able to get revenge at UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs Diaz, picking up a split decision win. Maynard was able to control the ground, stifling Diaz' guard. The judges gave the fight to Maynard, and that win set him up with a number one contender's bout with Kenny Florian at UFC 118 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nearly three years later, the UFC announced this afternoon (Sept. 8, 2013) that Diaz and Maynard will meet in a rubber match at the Ultimate Fighter Finale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 30.

Maynard hopes to rebound after a devastating loss to TJ Grant at UFC 160, while Diaz is looking to get back in the win column after losing to Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs Melendez.

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