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‘TUF 8′ Standouts Showcased on UFC Fight Night 18 Card

The UFC has released the finalized lineup and bout order for UFC Fight Night 18, which will go down April 1st at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Leading up to the main event between the WEC’s final welterweight champion Carlos Condit (who has won his last eight fights) and Martin Kampmann (who is 5-1 in the UFC) will be three televised bouts featuring alumni from The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir — all of whom are undefeated in their professional careers.

Lightweight winner Efrain Escudero (11-0) will take on the heavy-handed Jeremy Stephens (14-4), who’s coming off a submission loss to Joe Lauzon at Fight Night 17 earlier this month. The infamous Junie Browning (3-0) will get a big step up in competition when he faces ATT submission specialist and TUF 5 alum Cole Miller (14-3). And in the light-heavyweight division, TUF 8′s 205-pound winner Ryan Bader (8-0) will welcome Carmelo Marrero (10-2) back to the Octagon. The official lineup is below:

Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann (WW)
Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens (LW)
Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero (LHW)
Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller (LW)

Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos (LW)
Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich (MW)
Brock Larson vs. Jesse Sanders (WW)
Jorge Rivera vs. Nissen Osterneck (MW)
Rob Kimmons vs. Joe Vedepo (MW)
Tim McKenzie vs. Aaron Simpson (MW)
Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen (MW)

— Brock Larson, Nissen Osterneck, Tim McKenzie, Aaron Simpson, and Steve Steinbeiss were previously signed to the WEC, and were brought over to the UFC after the WEC folded its welterweight, middleweight, and light-heavyweight divisions. Aside from Larson, they will all be making their Octagon debuts.

Tickets for the event start at just $20, going up to $200 for floor seats. Because of the low ticket prices and the size of the Sonnet Center, which can hold up to 20,000 spectators, "Condit vs. Kampmann" might be the most well-attended Fight Night event in the UFC’s history.

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Dizzlefizz- February 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Thank God for people like you. You wanted to share your joy in getting cheap tickets to an event that I personally would LOVE to see. This is the first time I have bothered to post a comment. I enjoy this site (a lot). just think it's sad that most people just use "the comments" function to bitch and moan over every little thing.

God forbid we get to enjoy fighters that aren't already megastars.
Ozone- February 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm
does brock larson remind anyone else of freddy krueger? he should be the "dream master" and come in with bladed glove, derby, and striped sweater
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 11:34 am
Agreed, but I sitll want to see him fight.
MMA Wannabe- February 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

Agreed, though something tells me he's still an ass, but just one that fights better.
grapplesnapple - February 26, 2009 at 11:15 am
welcome back Ricardo Almeida
SteveXtreme- February 26, 2009 at 10:45 am
Dear Johnny KO,

I'm sorry you're a jealous son of a bitch. I didn't realize i had offended you by buying tickets to a UFC event. I was just trying to show the comparison in ticket prices that i have paid for similar seat sections. I feel bad that some poor bastards, (Johnny KO) can't afford a $20 ticket. In the future i will refrain from saying that i will be buying tickets to UFC 100. What can i say i guess i just love MMA!!!
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 10:22 am
Junie earned his way onto the main card with his performance on the final in my opinion. He didn't even look like the same fighter, I'm interested in seeing more of his fights.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 10:21 am
Than- February 26, 2009 at 10:04 am
Junie Browning on the main card, with Ricardo Almeida on the undercard? Shit is weak, Browning is improving but diamond dave is not serious competition.
MMANewbExpert- February 26, 2009 at 9:27 am
Why is Junie Browning on the main card when there are better and more deserving fighters on the undercard? Oh I get to tell you. The UFC got outsmarted by Junie, I have a grenade tatoo on my hand, Browning. He acted like a moron on TUF on purpose. He knew that if he acted like that he would get a lot of attention.

So Dana White calls him a moron and tells him he's nuts, but Junie gets on main cards when he doesn't deserve it. Looks like Junie's scheme outsmarted the UFC. That's just sad.
Mantooth- February 26, 2009 at 9:13 am
I am curious to see how Stephens will fair after a tough loss and now that will have adequate time to prepare for Escudero.
abenormal- February 26, 2009 at 9:06 am
I rate that Fight Night poster "3 nipples" out of a possible 4.
JB- February 26, 2009 at 8:59 am
Jeremy Stephens is on the main card because he's fighting Efran. He's suppose to smash Stephens and gain fan base.
ample- February 26, 2009 at 8:52 am
why the fuck is tyson griffen on the undercard!?!?
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 8:49 am
I'm with George and Ninjay
George Is Getting Upset- February 26, 2009 at 8:42 am
I agree with NinJay.
It's so frustrating because the screen gets all messed up and it's obvious that I'm not really working when my employees walk by and see a black and white screen.
Can't u guys just kill him or something?
NinJay- February 26, 2009 at 8:37 am
Please CP....i know it's possible to ban IP's...ban Coll's IP for the love of GOD....he is making my CP experiance unenjoyable......letting him know that is going to fuel his fire no doubt but seriously...get rid of this douche.
knightrida- February 26, 2009 at 8:36 am
Griffin on the undercard???
Anonymous- February 26, 2009 at 8:27 am
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 8:20 am
I agree Miller is very talented, so is Lauzon. I had low expectations for both when they were on tuf but they have both proven themselves.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 8:19 am
What an easy win for Efran. I'm just not interested in seeing Jeremy Stephens fight he has huge holes in his game. Having him main event or co main event fight nights is an insult to the fans and to more deserving fighters. Nothing against him, he's just an undercard fighter why is he at the top of main cards?
ADW- February 26, 2009 at 8:16 am
Miller is going to stomp Junie Browning's ass. Miller is very underrated as a fighter.

I never thought I would be rooting for Jeremy Stevens but I hope he beats Efrain. I fucking hate the guy.
Johnny KO- February 26, 2009 at 8:11 am
SteveXtreme good for you, would you like some sort of award? douchebag!!!! xxxtttrreeemmeeee
the glza- February 26, 2009 at 8:10 am
cole miller is one of the most underrated lightweights in the ufc. miller and lauzon will one day be the top lightweights in the WORLD!