According to a Nov. 30 post from MMA Junkie, the preliminary card of today’s TUF 18 Finale event at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas has been completed.
The prelims of the TUF 18 Finale aired on FOX Sports 1, and the main card will air on FOX Sports 1.
The TUF 18 Finale preliminary card featured Jared Rosholt rallying to win a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) over Walter Harris, plus Sean Spencer handily defeating Drew Dober via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
“He got me just good enough that I blacked out for a split second, but then came to and popped to my feet,” Rosholt said after his victory. ”They were clean shots, but they weren’t that hard. By the second round, I finally got to my game plan of moving forward, and then in the third got him on down for some ground-and-pound. I knew I’d come back and win after that first round. A lot of people might not realize, but I love to stand and throw.”
Also on the TUF 18 Finale preliminary card, Joshua Sampo defeated Ryan Benoit via submission with a gorgeous rear-naked choke at the 4:31 mark of the second round.
Later in the evening on the TUF 18 Finale main card, No. 8-ranked Nate Diaz (16-9) battles Gray Maynard (12-2-1, 1 NC) in a bout that could have serious UFC title implications
Diaz and Maynard have met twice already in the UFC’s world-famous Octagon, and the TUF 18 Finale will determine who will emerge as the all-time winner of their trilogy.
Diaz tapped out Maynard in the semifinals of TUF’s fifth season, but the latter bounced back to score a split-decision victory over his opponent at UFC Fight Night 20.
“It’s nothing I need to seal the deal on or anything. It didn’t keep me up at night,” Diaz said of settling the score with Maynard. “Gray Maynard’s a worthy opponent. I’d rather fight him than some joker making a name for himself. And it’s ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ here where we started, so I guess that’s pretty cool.
“When I lose, trust me, I’m as crazy as a (expletive). I’m always trying to win. Everything I do is to win. People say it’s all for the fans. That’s some (expletive). We’re all here to win some fights. I’ve lost some fights in this UFC, but no one has defeated me. Good luck on beating me again.”
Diaz says that Maynard can be sometimes boring to watch, so perhaps he was trying to hype their fight with a little trash talk.
“Gray can be exciting, can be boring as (expletive) — more boring than exciting,” Diaz said. “I’m not trying to say anything. It’s not that he hasn’t done some things and deserves some of his credit. But he’s not someone who would I tune in to watch.”
Besides Diaz vs Maynard, the UFC is featuring three WMMA fights on the TUF 18 Finale main card.
Julianna “The Venezuelan” Pena (5-2) fights Jessica “Ragin'” Rakoczy (1-3) in a fight that will determine the first ever female Ultimate Fighter winner, and Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1 NC) also fights Peggy “Daywalker” Morgan on the main card.
Rounding out the TUF 18 main card, Roxanne “The Happy Warrior” Modafferi (15-10) fights Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (3-4) in a bantamweight scrap.
Here’s a look at the full TUF 18 Finale fight card and results thus far:
Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m.)
- Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz
- Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy
- Chris Holdsworth vs. David Grant
- Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan
- Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington
- Akira Corassani def. Maximo Blanco, Disqualification for illegal knee (Round 1, 0:25)
- Tom Niinimaki def. Rani Yahya, Split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Jared Rosholt def. Walter Harris, Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Sean Spencer def. Drew Dober, Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Josh Sampo def. Ryan Benoit, Submission (Round 2, 4:31)