Recently it was rumored that WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit (22-4) would make the jump to the UFC when his WEC March 1 opponent, Brock Larson pulled out due to injury and since he has eliminated all viable challengers in his WEC weight class. Now, the UFC has made this official. Condit, who recently joined Arizona Combat Sports, will fight UFC veteran Martin Kampann on UFC Fight Night 18.
The event will be broadcast live on Spike TV on April 1st from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee and will serve as a prelude to the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: U.S.A. vs U.K.
Carlos Condit has been on a tear in the WEC. He entered the promotion on a three fight win streak and has gone 5-0 in the WEC cage. In his most recent title defense he stopped Hiromitsu Miura in the fourth round of an extremely exciting fight. Over the course of his career he has defeated six UFC veterans including Frank Trigg, John Alessio, and Renato Verissimo.
The 12-4 Kampann moved to welterweight after his knockout loss to Nathan Marquardt at UFC 88. In his first fight since the move, he stopped UFC new-comer Alexadre Barros in the second round. The Danish kickboxer has scored finishes in twelve of his fourteen victories.
Here are the announced matches thus far:
Welterweight bout: Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
Lightweight bout: Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens
Light Heavyweight bout: Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero
Lightweight bout: Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Lightweight bout: Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning
Welterweight bout: Brock Larson vs. Jesse Sanders
Middleweight bout: Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Horwich
Middleweight bout: Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen
Middleweight bout: Rob Kimmons vs. Joe Vedepo
Middleweight bout: Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie
(card subject to change)