Maynard, Diaz Set To Headline Quality Main Card For TUF Finale

Posted by Tank Johnson on 1/31/2014 4:40:23 AM

The latest season of The Ultimate Fighter is winding down, and while the first season to include female fighters has been very entertaining, the anticipation of the finale has some MMA online sports betting fans looking forward to its conclusion. Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will headline the event with their third-ever meeting, a tilt that should provide plenty of fireworks to cap off an exciting night of UFC action. Julianna Pena is set to fight in the tournament finale on the women’s side, and once her opponent is confirmed the anticipation should grow even stronger.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Rousey vs. Tate
Saturday November 30, 2013
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Venezuelan Vixen has been a divisive figure in this season of TUF, but she does have a strong following and will be a major draw for the card as a very capable fighter. The men’s side of the bracket has already been confirmed with Chris Holdsworth set to take on David Grant, and the Survivor Series element of team vs. team will only add to the excitement of the fight for those that have been following this season. The bantamweight division has provided some of the more exciting fights since its UFC inception, and even though the championship fight between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez was pushed back the new main event should be just as entertaining.

Maynard and Diaz are no strangers to one another both inside and out of the Octagon, and the fact that they have fought one another before should only add to the dynamics of this live betting tilt. In fact, the first meeting between these two came all the way back in the finale for the fifth season of TUF, so the rubber match will mark the completion of a full circle of sorts. Diaz won the first fight between these two via submission, as he forced Maynard to choke with a guillotine hold. However, that fight wasn’t actually considered a professional bout, and when the two did meet in a professionally sanctioned fight it was Maynard that won via split decision. That means that technically, Maynard leads this all-time match up 1-0, but that should only add to Diaz’s resolve.

There is a growing interest among UFC sports betting fans that want to see how Diaz fares in his first fight since being taken out by Josh Thomson, which legitimately surprised a lot of people. Diaz has now lost back-to-back fights including his bout with UFC Bantamweight champion Benson Henderson, and Maynard isn’t in any better of a position after losing two of his last three. The sense of urgency that both fighters will compete with as they each try to get back on track should only add to the fireworks that we get to see inside of the Octagon, in what promises to be an exciting main event fight to cap off an intriguing night of action to cap off the TUF finale.


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