MMA Ryan Bader and Junie Browning make UFN 18 main card, Tyson Griffin doesn't

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  1. Atmosphere

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    Ryan Bader and Junie Browning make UFN 18 main card, Tyson Griffin doesn't

    by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Feb 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm ET
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    "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winners Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero, and their controversial castmate Junie Browning, have all made Spike TV's televised main card for UFC Fight Night 18.

    However, lightweight contender Tyson Griffin, who snapped a four-fight win streak with a recent loss to Sean Sherk, didn't and will instead meet Rafael dos Anjos on the night's un-aired preliminary card.

    The UFC recently confirmed most of the match-ups for the April 1 event, which takes place at the Sommet Center in Nashville for what will be the UFC's Tennessee debut.

    UFC Fight Night 18 is headlined by a bout between reigning WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (22-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was moved to the UFC after the WEC eliminated its 170-pound weight class earlier this month, and former middleweight and now rising welterweight contender Martin Kampmann (14-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC).

    Three other bouts have been promised TV time, according to the UFC.com Events page.

    Bader (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), fighting for the first time since his December 2008 victory over Vinicius Magalhaes at the TUF8 Finale, takes on Carmelo Marrero (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who's 4-0 (with one no-contest) since he was dropped from the UFC following a 1-2 stint in the organization from 2006 to 2007.

    Escudero (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who also makes his post-TUF debut after defeating Phillipe Nover at the show's live finale, meets Jeremy Stephens (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) who recently filled in for an injured Hermes Franca in a UFC Fight Night 17 main event with Joe Lauzon. Stephens suffered a submission loss but is expected to be ready to go for the April 1 event.

    Browning (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who's constant confrontations and drunken behavior nearly forced him off the latest season of "TUF," meets a fellow "TUF" veteran in Cole Miller (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a very well-rounded American Top Team fighter who will have a decisive jiu-jitsu edge in the bout. Miller hasn't fought since his July 2008 come-from-behind submission victory over Jorge Gurgel.

    In the preliminary card's biggest feature, Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets dos Anjos (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who looks for his first UFC win after a devestating knockout loss to Stephens at UFC 91. If history tells us anything, his bout with Griffin should be a good one. In just seven career UFC fights, Griffin has won four Fight of the Night bonuses and one Submission of the Night award.

    The latest card now includes:

    MAIN CARD (Televised)
    • Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
    • Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens
    • Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero
    • Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller
    PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-televised)
    • Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tyson Griffin
    • Nissen Osterneck vs. Jorge Rivera
    • Tim McKenzie vs. Aaron Simpson
    • Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich*
    • Rob Kimmons vs. Joe Vedepo*
    • Brock Larson vs. Jesse Sanders*
    • Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss*
    * - Rumored and not officially announced
     
  2. dragomungus

    dragomungus New Member

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    The only main card worthy fight on the main card is kampmann/condit.

    It should be followed by Griffin, Osterneck, Almeida and the back u'p should be Larsen..

    The TUF guys should't even be in the UFC.
     
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    it's purely for ratings, which i understand :sad2:
     
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    Edited for truth

    :wtc::wtc::wtc:
     
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    Its purely about selling advertising time more people want to see those guys fight.
     
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    wtf at ricardo almeida not bein on main card..
     
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    makes sense to me :dunno:

    plenty of fights on the undercard i want to see more than Griffin.
     
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    :bowdown:
     
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    i think its cus tyson does a lot of decisoins which people dont like

    junie vs cole should be pretty exciting at least
     
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    Fight nights are for ratings. I have no problem with the TUF Guys being all up in the ultimate fight nights as long as I dont see matches like that on the PPV im happy. I am how ever looking forward to the Miller vs browning fight. I hope Cole wrecks his ass.
     
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    same with fighters like Karo, but he'd never be put on an undercard unless the card was stacked
     
  12. El Rudo

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    personality > skills

    I was hoping to see the Almeida fight but there is always a chance that it will air.
     
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    why do they put karo but not tyson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    ratings > *
     
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    because decision or not, karo usually pulls off a HL judo throw.

    [in no way is this post an endorsement for karo or his entertainment value]
     
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    I can't wait to see Stephens and Miller whoop the TUF guys.
     
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    isnt miller a tuf guy lol
     

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