The UFC provided another great free night of fights with the TUF Season 18 Finale on Saturday, November 30. The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, NV where we crowned the very first female Ultimate Fighter and yet another great male addition into the organization.
Headlining the event was a fantastic bout displaying a grudge match between Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz vs. TUF 5 contestant Gray Maynard.
In the TUF 18 men’s finale, Chris Holdsworth was the victor via rear naked choke in the second round as he bested David Grant and won the submission of the night bonus.
Julianna Pena was crowned the first ever women’s Ultimate Fighter winner with her TKO victory over Jessica Rakoczyin the very first round of their bout.
Nate Diaz broke his two fight-losing streak with a very impressive knockout of Gray Maynard in the first round of the main event. He was able to out punch Maynard and ended the fight with a barrage of punches that had Maynard out on his feet. Along with the victory and confidence booster, Diaz also won KO of the night honors with his absolute demolition of “The Bully”.
Below is the full list of salaries according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
(Purse/ Bonus To Win)
Nate Diaz – $15K/$15K (plus an additional $50K KO of the night bonus)
Gray Maynard – $45K
Jessica Rakoczy – $8K (plus an additional $25K KO of the season bonus)
Julianna Pena – $8K/$8K
David Grant – $8K
Chris Holdsworth – $8K/$8k (plus an additional $50K Submission of the night bonus)
Peggy Morgan – $8k
Jessamyn Duke – $8k/$8k (plus an additional $25K Fight of the season bonus)
Raquel Pennington – $8K/$8k (plus an additional $25K Fight of the season bonus)
Roxanne Modafferi – $8k
Maximo Blanco – $17K
Akira Corassani – $8k/$8k
Tom Niinimaki – $8K/$8K
Rani Yahya – $20K
Walter Harris – $8K
Jared Rosholt – $8K/$8K
Drew Dober – $8K
Sean Spencer – $8k/$8k
Ryan Benoit – $8K (plus an additional $100K Fight of the night bonus, Benoit received both bonuses because Sampo missed weight)