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TUF 18 Finale After-Action Report

Season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter is now a wrap in its entirety. After tonight’s Finale we have 2 new TUF winners, a few other newcomers who could be interesting, the answers to a few questions, and the emergence of some new ones. Overall it was a solid night of fights and storylines, and we didn’t even have to pay the cost of a PPV to see it – can’t complain about that. A few things about the card that stood out were:

What a blow

In the lead up to this event we took a look at where Gray Maynard stands in his career and contemplated what got him there and what the future would likely look like for the former number 1 contender. Unfortunately for The Bully tonight was likely another nail in the coffin containing his hopes of remaining anywhere near the top half of the 155 pound division. While I am not yet convinced that he is no longer a UFC caliber talent, 2 knockouts in a row at this stage of a UFC career is obviously a huge setback. Ironically I thought that Gray looked fantastic physically in the early goings of his fight with Diaz tonight. He looked to be in great shape, his offense seemed very crisp, and he was certainly not timid at all. But the fact is that Maynard has won just a single fight in all of 2011, 2012, and 2013 and he didn’t exactly set the world on fire in that win either. After all that he has been through in those wars with Frankie, the change in gyms, the injuries, etc, we have to ask ourselves, how much does Gray Maynard have left in him? Personally I’d like to see him in at least one more fight to better gauge his current standing. A rematch with Jim Miller after Miller’s upcoming fight seems about right.

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TUF 18 Finale Chat – If You Dare

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Jared Rosholt’s Road To The Octagon At TUF 18 (Exclusive Interview)

Heavyweight Jared Rosholt will make his UFC debut against Walter Harris at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in Las Vegas. Rosholt is a 3 time NCAA Division 1 All American and is currently has the most wins of all heavyweight Oklahoma State university history. Once his brother Jake Rosholt began fighting and made it into the UFC, he made the commitment to do it as well. Rosholt has only been fighting for 2 years, but once he started taking fights he never said no to an opportunity. In fact, Rosholt took his first fight in February of 2011 and before the first week of June was over he was already 4-0. The last three of those fights took place on consecutive weekends.
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Nate Diaz Will Never Be Champion

Nate Diaz – who will be headlining the TUF 18 Finale opposite Gray Maynard – has stayed relevant in the UFC since winning his season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2007. Not many Ultimate Fighter winners after Nate have been able to have as much success as him, and only one other winner after Diaz did what the 209 native has done, challenge for a championship. Staying relevant and being one of the best fighters in the division are two entirely different things though, and here are the reasons why Nate Diaz will never be a champion.
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TUF 18: Maynard Vs Diaz III Weigh In Results (Live @ 7:00 EST)

The 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter is in the books, and it all comes down to one night for the four men and women left standing. Bantamweights Julianna Pena and Jessica Rakoczy and Davey Grant and Chris Holdsworth will all fight for the six figure UFC contract and the title of The Ultimate Fighter. In the main event, Former Lightweight number one contenders Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will face off for the third time.

The weigh ins take place at 7:00 PM EST, and as always you can watch them right here. For those of you who can’t view the stream live, we will be bringing you live updates below the video.

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The Ultimate Fighter 18: Maynard Vs Diaz 3

Main Card
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (156 lbs)
Julianna Pena (134 lbs) vs. Jessica Rakoczy* (132 lbs)
Davey Grant (135 lbs) vs. Chris Holdsworth** (136 lbs)
Jessamyn Duke (135.5 lbs) vs. Peggy Morgan (136 lbs)
Roxanne Modafferi (134 lbs) vs. Raquel Pennington (135 lbs)

Preliminary Card
Maximo Blanco (146 lbs) vs. Akira Corassani (146 lbs)
Tom Niinimaki (145 lbs) vs. Rani Yahya (145.5 lbs)
Walter Harris (244 lbs) vs. Jared Rosholt (240 lbs)
Drew Dober (171 lbs) vs. Sean Spencer (170 lbs)
Ryan Benoit (126 lbs) vs. Joshua Sampo (127.5 lbs)

*The Ultimate Fighter 18 women’s tournament final
**The Ultimate Fighter 18 men’s tournament final

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