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
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)
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
According to multiple reports, UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger has been injured and forced out of UFC Fight Night 34. Ellenberger was scheduled to face Tarec Saffiedine in the main event, but UFC officials have now confirmed that Saffiedine will now face Hyun Gyu Lim. The bout will remain a five round main event. Lim is riding a seven fight winning streak headed into the card, and all seven of those bouts were finished before the third round. His most recent wins comes by way of a Technical Knockout win over Pascal Krauss at UFC 164.
UFC Fight Night 34 takes place on January 4 at the Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore. This will be the UFC’s first fight card in Singapore. This is how the card looks as of right now.
- Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Hacran Dias
- Luiz Dutra Jr. vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
- Kyung-Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
- Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
- Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
- Mairbek Taisumov vs. Tae Hyun Bang
- Max Holloway vs. Will Chope
- Royston Wee vs. Dave Galera
— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 29, 2013
UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on the Thanksgiving edition of NFL on FOX Thursday and went into detail about her incredible 24-hour weight-cut.
Rousey, who faces Miesha Tate in December at UFC 168, cut over 17 pounds to prove to her Ultimate Fighter team that it was possible.
Hear “Rowdy” discuss the ordeal in the video below:
There’s certainly no shortage of story lines behind this Saturday’s scrap between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz, as not only will it mark the third time they’ll fight, but both men are in need of a win. Diaz is coming off consecutive losses to Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson, while Maynard was quickly taken out by TJ Grant last time out.
While it wasn’t long ago when Maynard was busy challenging Frankie Edgar for the lightweight championship, the powerful wrestler has gone 1-2-1 in his last four bouts. So is the 34 year-old looking forward to his post-fighting days? Or at making another title run?
Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, “The Bully” relayed:
“I feel as if I have a long time in the sport,” Maynard said. “I’m still feeling great, I really am.”
That’s good news, and it’s also worth noting that his recent defeats have come against top tier opposition. Before facing Edgar at UFC 125 in 2011, Maynard was on a 11 fight undefeated streak (his TUF 5 submission loss to Diaz wasn’t an official bout).
And speaking of that loss to Diaz, here’s what Maynard had to say about it, which makes this Saturday’s fight a rubber match.
“When you beat me and it hurts like a loss, I count that,” said Maynard, who also defeated Diaz by split decision in 2010. “I’m not going to lie.”
If you’re wondering, the betting lines have Maynard as -135 to -140 favourite heading into the fight.
The TUF 18 Finale will go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter 18: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate continued tonight on FOX Sports 1. This season features 8 men and 8 women bantamweights battling together in The Ultimate Fighter house for the first time in the show’s history. Tune in each week as the fighters, coached by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate, vie for a six-figure UFC contract on FOX Sports 1. [Spoilers Below]