TUF 18 Finale Preview: Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz

By Jeremy Green
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Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz are set to square off for a third time in their career, which takes place for the TUF 18 Finale. Both of these fighters have shared hatred for each other, so their emotions will be running high when they step inside the cage for their trilogy fight. These two first met on TUF, where Diaz was able to get a guillotine submission.

However, in their second fight, Maynard was able to dictate the ground exchanges and stand up, winning a decision. Now, both will be looking to prove who the superior lightweight is, and it should be a really compelling fight. Diaz comes into this fight off a devastating TKO loss against Josh Thomson. Thomson was able to land a brutal head kick, which sent Diaz to the canvas.

It was the first time that Diaz ever been finished in his career, and the loss was a huge setback for him. He will be looking to get some momentum back, and if he can dictate the pace against Maynard, he has a great shot at victory. Like Diaz, Maynard was also finished in his last fight.

He was dominated by T.J. Grant, and it was one of the worst losses in Maynard’s career. He will look get back to his winning ways against Diaz, and he certainly has the skills. Maynard is one of the best wrestlers in the lightweight division, a skill-set that has always been Diaz’s Achilles heel.

Emotions will be running high in this lightweight main event, and it’s a must-win for both fighters, as a loss may spell the end of their championship dreams.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.

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