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The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
  • Saturday 11.30.2013 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 | Prelims: Facebook.com
  • Name: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
  • Also Known As: UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Maynard 3
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jon Anik
  • Ticket Revenue (live gate): $322,742
  • Attendance: 4,346
  • TV Ratings: 1.13M viewers (722,000 Prelims)
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

    Black on white 26x21
  • Knockout of the Night
    Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard III   |   $50,000 bonus to Diaz
  • Submission of the Night
    Chris Holdsworth vs. Davey Grant   |   $50,000 bonus to Holdsworth
  • Fight of the Night
    Ryan Benoit vs. Josh Sampo   |   $0 bonus to each fighter
  • Black on white 26x21

Referees

  • Yves Lavigne
    Diaz vs. Maynard III (10)Holdsworth vs. Grant (8)Spencer vs. Dober (2)
  • Mario Yamasaki
    Peña vs. Rakoczy (9)Blanco vs. Corassani (5)
  • Kim Winslow
    Duke vs. Morgan (7)Niinimaki vs. Yahya (4)
  • Chris Tognoni
    Modafferi vs. Pennington (6)Rosholt vs. Harris (3)Benoit vs. Sampo (1)

Fight Predictions

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Leaderboard of the best predictions by member: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Leaderboard

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Wiki Update Wiki

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale featuref the tournament finals for the Men's and first ever women's 135 pound division. Although only the finalists were fighting officially for UFC contracts, two additional women's fights from the season were added to the card and the winners of those fights will likely be kept on by the promotion. The only two women not given spots on the Finale card, Shayna Baszler and Sarah Moras, are both injured.


The Main Event features the trilogy fight for Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard. Although the two have only officially fought once before, in which Maynard took a split decision, the two fought in the semi finals of The Ultimate Fighter 5 where Diaz won by second round submission. 


A flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez was briefly set to headline the card but was later moved to UFC on Fox 9 after the main event for that card was scrapped.  


The two finals winners will be the thirty and thirty first Ultimate Fighter winners crowned.


UFC debuter, Josh Sampo, weighed in at 127.5 pounds for a scheduled flyweight fight.


The fight between Maximo Blanco and Akira Corassoni would end in a disqualification of Blanco after he landed a knee to the face of Corassoni while he still had a knee and hand on the mat. Referee Mario Yamasaki ruled it a "disqualification due to intentional foul".


Chris Holdsworth would win the TUF Mens crown with a second round submission of Grant. Pena would also secure a finish to become the first ever TUF Womens division winner when she earned a TKO with one second left in the first round.


Attendance: 4,853
Live Gate: $322,742.50

Average ticket price: $66.50
Total fight time: 1:39:43

Betting favorites went 7-2 (one preliminary fight was even odds)
# of decisions: 5
# of T/KOs: 2

# of Submissions: 2

# of fighters making UFC deut: 14

# of undefeated fighters: 3



Fights by weight class:

HW:   1

LHW:0

MW:  0

WW: 1

LW:  1

FW:  2

BW:  1

FLW: 0

WBW:3

*First preliminary fight was a 127.5 pound catchweight after Sampo missed weight*


$50,000 "of the Night" bonuses:

Fight of the Night: Ryan Benoit vs Josh Sampo - Benoit would be awarded the bonuses for both fighters totaling $100,000 since Sampo missed weight
Submission of the Night: Chris Holdsworth
Knockout of the Night: Nate Diaz

Last updated 02.27.2014, 1:59 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

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