Nate Diaz set to face Joe Stevenson at TUF 9 Finale on June 20

Nate Diaz (10-3) will fight Joe Stevenson (29-10) at The Ultimate Fighter season nine finale on June 20th according to the UFC.

Nate Diaz, brother of UFC veteran and current Strikeforce fighter, Nick Diaz, is the winner of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Diaz was undefeated in the UFC on a five fight win streak until he met Clay Guida at UFC 94 in January.

Joe Stevenson has lost three of his last four bouts and desperately needs a win to stay alive in the UFC’s lightweight division. In fact, it is quite possible Stevenson’s job could be on the line in this fight. Although his recent losses have been against top lightweights Sanchez, Florian, and Penn, it is rare the UFC will keep a fighter with three losses in a row.

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Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida to headline TUF 9 Finale

PRO MMA (promma.info) received word on Monday from the UFC that Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez will face Clay “The Carpenter” Guida in The Ultimate Fighter season 9 Finale main event set for June 20 at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization is proud to announce a stellar headlining match for The Ultimate Fighter® Season 9 finale, which will take place Saturday, June 20 from The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas’ Palms Hotel, live on Spike TV. Both winners of their last three matches, ascending lightweights Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez and Clay “The Carpenter” Guida are on a collision course that will end in the Octagon™ for what could be three of the most furiously-paced rounds of the year.

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: “Bad” Brad Blackburn

‘Bad’ Brad Blackburn (13-9-1) will return to the Octagon on June 20th at ”The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale’, against heavy handed UFC newcomer, Edgar Garcia (7-0). Blackburn is riding a four fight win streak, including a TKO over Jay Hieron, with his last victory coming by way of a unanimous decision victory over Ryo Chonan, … Read more

Anthony Johnson and Matt Brown to mix it up at TUF 9 Finale

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from various sources that Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (7-2) will meet Matt Brown (12-7) at TUF 9 finale on June 20th in Las Vegas. Originally, Johnson was slated to face John Howard, but due to undisclosed reasons, that fight fell through.

Johnson is coming off a TKO victory over Luigi Fioravanti at UFN 17. He has a UFC record of 4-2 with all of his wins coming by knockout. Johnson trains with Cung Le in San Jose, California and it shows with a striking ability that could have even top kick boxers think about  shooting in for a take down.

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Stevenson Vs. Diaz set for TUF 9 finale

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned that Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (29-10) will return to the Octagon on June 20th at The Ultimate Fighter season 9 finale against Nate Diaz (10-3). Stevenson is coming off a loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC 95 who will also be on the finale against Clay Guida.

Since winning TUF 2, Stevenson has gone 5-4 in the UFC, with notable victories over Yves Edwards, Gleison Tibau and Melvin Guillard. However, he has struggled to win fights over the lightweight elite, losing to Sanchez, Kenny Florian and BJ Penn. This fight may be it for Stevenson in the UFC should he lose to Diaz.

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Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida to meet at TUF 9 Finale on June 20

Clay Guida the TUF killer?
Clay Guida the TUF killer?

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned that Diego Sanchez (22-2) will meet Clay Guida (25-9) at the TUF 9 finale scheduled for June 20th in Las Vegas at the Palm’s Hotel and Casino. This will be Sanchez’s second fight in the lightweight division; he defeated Joe Stevenson in his first bout at lightweight by UD at UFC 95 in Febuary.

His opponent, Clay Guida most recently won a split decision over TUF 5 winner Nathan Diaz at UFC 94. Now he will get the chance to take out another TUF winner in Sanchez, who was the victor of the first ever season’s middleweight divison.

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