The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in Tweets: Pros react to Nate Diaz's thorough beating of Gray Maynard

'Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It wasn't the worst of UFC shows, but it wasn't exactly memorable save for the main event. The pacing of the show was remarkably slow, which made the fights seem more tedious than they actually were. That's a shame since both finals for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night ended with finishes. The event itself was capped off with Nate Diaz turning in a vintage performance against Gray Maynard, stopping the former lightweight contender with strikes in the first round.

Where he goes from here is anyone's guess, but if there was a way to get back on top in the lightweight division, this was it. The same, coincidentally, can be said for the winners of this season's reality show. They all have their work cut out for them, but this was the right way to take their next career step.

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NATE DIAZ CRUSHES GRAY MAYNARD

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JULIANA PENA CRUSHES PEGGY MORGAN

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CHRIS HOLDWORTH BLOWS PAST DAVEY GRANT

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THE SHOW GENERALLY

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DUKE AND MORGAN FIGHT IN LACKLUSTER AFFAIR

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ROXANNE MODAFFERI AND RAQUEL PENNINGTON OPEN THE MAIN CARD

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MAXIMO BLANCO ILLEGALLY KNESS AKIRA CORASSANI

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RANI YAHYA IS CONTROLLED BY TOM NIINIMAKI

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JARED ROSHOLT AND WALT HARRIS PUT ON DECENT SHOW

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