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Two lightweights who were both victorious in their headlining bouts at UFC Fight Night 19 in September, will face off in the main event of the yet-to-be-announced UFN 20 in Fairfax, Virginia on January 11th, when Nate Diaz (11-4, 6-2 UFC) meets Gray Maynard (8-0, 6-0, 1 NC UFC) according to Diaz's camp at GracieFighter.com:
Nathan Diaz has signed to fight Gray Maynard in the UFC at Spike TV's January 11th show in Virginia. Diaz vs. Maynard will be the main event.
The two have already fought once, when Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine in the semifinals of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, although the bout technically counts as an exhibition and is not included in their official records. Diaz went on to win that season when he defeated Manny Gamburyan due to an injury at the Finale. Although he has at-times dazzled with his submission prowess, Diaz has also shown he cannot handle the overwhelming top control of strong wrestlers, as evidenced by his decision losses to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson. He will certainly have his hands full with Maynard who may have the best wrestling at 155 lbs in the UFC.
After going to a no-contest with Rob Emerson at the TUF 5 finale thanks to a simultaneous injury and KO, "The Bully" has been flawless, racking up six straight wins against the likes of Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar, and most recently, Roger Huerta. Although his smothering top game has earned him a reputation as a "boring" fighter, Maynard has drastically improved his striking and has at times elected to keep the fight standing, particularly when facing an equally strong grappler like he did against Jim Miller. Maynard look to do the same against Diaz, who can compensate for his lack of takedown defense with his slick guard, as Maynard already found out the hard way when he got choked out on TUF.
While also confirming the fight, MMA Junkie has indicated that if Maynard defeats Diaz, he will be granted the next lightweight title shot against the winner of Diego Sanchez vs. BJ Penn at UFC 107.
Current rumored UFN 20 Card:
- Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard - Main Event
- Josh Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce
- Efrain Escudero vs. Nik Lentz
- Chris Leben vs. Jay Silva
- Tom Lawlor vs. Aaron Simpson
- Jesse Lennox vs. Rick Story
- Mike Guymon vs. Rory MacDonald