Maynard-Diaz III headlines TUF Finale

Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz III has been booked to headline the Nov. 30 TUF Finale.

For a time, Nate Diaz spoke about bowing out of the
Nov. 30
Ultimate Fighter Finale
event in favor of his 10-year high
school reunion. As it turns out, choosing the future over the past
was the right decision for Diaz, whose fight with Gray Maynard has
been bumped to headliner status after several changes in the UFC
calendar.

Diaz-Maynard II replaces the originally intended main event of
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez, a flyweight title match
which has been shifted to Dec. 14 in order to headline that
show.

The fight, first reported on Sunday’s edition of
FOX Sports Live, will be contested as a
three-rounder as a concession to the limited preparation time
remaining.

That move was necessitated by a knee injury to lightweight
champ Anthony Pettis, who was forced out of a match with Josh
Thomson.

Got all that?

Want more confusion? Officially, this will be the second match
between Diaz and Maynard, although it will be the third time they
fight.

The first came season five of
The
Ultimate Fighter
, when Diaz defeated Maynard by guillotine
choke submission, but those bouts are considered exhibitions by the
Nevada state athletic commission, so they do not count on official
fighter records.

In Jan. 2010, the two met again. This time, Maynard came out on
top, defeating Diaz in a disputed split decision. During the bout,
Diaz out-landed Maynard 77-53, and in every round, but still
lost.

Maynard (11-2-1, 1 no contest) has only won once in his last
four fights, and is coming off a first-round knockout loss to TJ
Grant in May. Diaz also needs a win, also coming off TKO loss, his
to Josh Thomson in April.