View Full Version : Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson signed for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June


jakkups
03-11-2009, 08:15 PM
Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson signed for The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14225/nate-diaz-vs-joe-stevenson-set-for-tuf-9-finale.mma)

While not yet officially announced by the organization, the live finale for "The Ultimate Fighter 9" has added a lightweight showdown between former "TUF" champions Nate Diaz (10-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Joe Stevenson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

MMAMadness first reported the that the pair had verbally agreed to the contest, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since learned from sources close to the bout that contracts for the fight have been signed.

The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale is scheduled for June 20 at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Stevenson has endured a tough 1-3 stretch while facing some of the lightweight division's top talent. The winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 2," Stevenson was submitted by current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn in January 2008 and again by current no. 1 contender Kenny Florian in November 2008.

Stevenson last fought in a unanimous decision loss to Diego Sanchez in the "TUF 1" champion's first bout at 155 pounds.

Diaz will also be looking to bounce back from a loss. The "TUF 5" winner dropped a split decision to Clay Guida at UFC 94 in January. Prior to the defeat, Diaz had won five straight bouts for the organization, including four by submission.

With the addition to the card, the TUF 9 Finale now includes:

* Lightweight finalist No. 1 vs. No. 2
* Welterweight finalist No. 1 vs. No. 2
* Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez
* Nate Diaz vs. Joe Stevenson
* John Howard vs. Anthony Johnson

$ LegenD $
03-11-2009, 09:41 PM
this is gonna be a very good card....cant wait hope diaz bounces back and gets right back into the mix of contenders.....

JabSandwich
03-11-2009, 09:54 PM
i like Diaz in this fite, i can't really see Stevenson taking him seriously and he'll prolly get complacent

vinnie7731
03-11-2009, 11:12 PM
diaz is no joke.
sanchez vs guida should be a good fight.

phallus
03-12-2009, 10:53 PM
diaz is no joke.
sanchez vs guida should be a good fight.

diaz is the better fighter, stevenson is a good wrestler, that's about it. nate will pull his trademark sub from the bottom on joe daddy, and hopefully get in line behind ken-flo for the title shot at bj penn