UFC lightweight Gray Maynard is looking to rebound from a knockout loss at the hands of T.J. Grant when he faces off with Nate Diaz in the main event of this weekend's TUF 18 Finale. The former lightweight title challenger is taking on Diaz for the third time, though one of the bouts was on TUF. They're 1-1 against each other and this is the rubber match. If he can get by Diaz, he has some plans - namely, to avenge his other losses. And he'll go down to 145 to do it if necessary (via MMA Junkie):
"I've got to take care of Nate Diaz, but the goal is obviously to get the T.J. Grant bout again, the Frankie Edgar bout, and then get the lightweight belt. Even if I have to drop down a division to face Edgar."
He also stated that he knew the rubber match with Diaz was going to come eventually:
"I think the UFC was planning on that for a long time, and they just had to make it where our careers are going at the same stage. You want to go out 2-1. That’s the biggest thing, ending strong."
On going down to face Edgar, who he is 1-1-1 against:
"I sure as hell would try. I wouldn’t be there for good, but I would be there for that fight. It just goes back to that in my mind, it’s all even. I don’t want it to end like that.
"He got the last one, but I don’t want it to end like that. If he beats me two out of three times, then alright. But we’ll see. I’ve got to get through Nate and then keep going."
The main event bout with Diaz won't be the standard five-rounder due to the late notice, but instead will be set at three rounds.