by Ken Pishna (Reporting by Steven Marrocco) – MMAWeekly.com
Undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard and Ultimate Fighter season five winner Nate Diaz have agreed to square off in the expected main event of the unannounced Jan. 11 UFC Fight Night 20 in Northern Virginia.
Sources close to the bout confirmed the signing to MMAWeekly.com Tuesday afternoon. According to GracieFighter.com, the web site operated by Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, Diaz has signed a bout agreement for the fight.
Looking to exact a measure of revenge, Maynard (8-0) has been on a tear through the UFC’s lightweight ranks since emerging from season five of TUF. He didn’t make it to the finals, however, submitting to a Diaz guillotine choke in the semifinal round. Following a no contest with Rob Emerson on that season’s finale, he has reeled off six straight wins. His victims include fellow contenders Roger Huerta, Jim Miller, and Frankie Edgar.
After defeating Manny Gamburyan in the season five finale, Diaz (11-4) racked up four straight victories before dropping back-to-back
bouts to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson. He got back on track in August when he submitted Melvin Guillard in the main event of UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma.