by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has firmed up the final fight card for its debut trip to Nashville, Tenn., which takes place on April 1. As was previously announced, WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit moves in to face Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18.
Condit had originally been scheduled to rematch Brock Larson at this weekend’s WEC 39 event in Corpus Christi, Texas. Following a sprain to his wrist, Condit was unable to maintain a training schedule to keep him on track for WEC 39. Zuffa – the UFC and WEC’s parent company – had been considering a consolidation of the two promotions’ welterweights anyway, thus they decided to take this unexpected opportunity to make the move.
Facing Kampmann in his first UFC bout is no easy task for Condit. Kampmann has a strong skill-set that includes an equal mix of ability in both striking and submissions. That matches up well against Condit, who is also a well-rounded fighter.
The rest of the main card – to be televised live on Spike TV – is loaded primarily with veterans of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, which also airs on Spike. Season 8 champions Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader lead The Ultimate Fighter charge, along with the season’s “bad boy,” Junie Browning.
UFC Fight Night 18 Main Card Bouts:
-Carlos Condit (#8 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Martin Kampmann
-Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens
-Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero
-Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning
UFC Fight Night 18 Preliminary Bouts:
-Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos
-Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich
-Brock Larson vs. Jesse Sanders
-Jorge Rivera vs. Nissen Osterneck
-Rob Kimmons vs. Joe Vedepo
-Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie
-Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen