by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Spike TV on Tuesday officially announced the UFC Fight Night 18 event scheduled for April 1. The event takes place at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn.
As expected, WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will make his UFC debut in the main event, facing UFC veteran Martin Kampmann. Condit is on an eight-fight winning streak, while Kampmann is now 5-1 in the UFC following a successful move from middleweight to welterweight in his most recent fight.
Other bouts confirmed for UFC Fight Night 18 feature Ultimate Fighter 8 winners Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero marking their first fights since the reality series ended. Bader faces American Top Team’s Carmelo Marrero. Escudero’s opponent has yet to be officially announced. If he comes out unscathed in his main event bout with Joe Lauzon at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 17 in Tamap, Fla., however, Jeremy Stephens is expected to return against Escudero on April 1.
Spike TV will open the two-hour televised fight card at 9:00 pm ET with a lightweight battle between Ultimate Fighter 8 alum Junie Browning and Ultimate Fighter 5 veteran Cole Miller.
Ultimate Fight Night 18 marks the UFC’s debut in Nashville.