Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard III May Be New TUF 18 Finale Main Event

The UFC announced Sunday that a knee injury has forced lightweight champion Anthony Pettis to withdraw from his first title defense against Josh Thomson. To fill that void, the UFC put in a flyweight title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson against Joseph Benavidez as the main event for UFC on Fox 9. Johnson and Benavidez were going to headline the TUF 18 finale.

So now Nate Diaz (16-9) against Gray Maynard (11-2) will be bumped from the TUF 18 Finale’s co-main event to the top slot. But unlike all current main events, this fight will still be at three rounds.

The TUF 18 Finale card as of today:

Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18? men’s tournament final

TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18? women’s tournament final

Walter Harris vs. Jared Rosholt

Maximo Blanco vs. Akira Corassani

Tom Niinimaki vs. Rani Yahya

Sean Spencer vs. opponent TBA

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