UFC Fight Night 18 to be held at The Sommet Center in Nashville, TN

The UFC will hold UFC Fight Night 18 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, TN on April 1st. The UFC had made it known that they would head to Tennessee in 2009; however, a venue had not been decided upon.

Earlier this morning Sommet Center representatives spoke to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) and confirmed the news.

UFN 18 has been rumored to be headlined by WEC Welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on Martin Kampmann. Condit’s debut in the Octagon would also be Kampmann’s entry into the 170 pound division.

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Joe Lauzon: “He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground”

Joe Lauzon (17-4) held an open work out at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts yesterday in Bridgewater, MA. “J-Lau” had been preparing to face Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 17.

However, Franca tore his ACL while training four days ago forcing the former Lightweight title contender off the card. Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a last minute replacement.

Stephens (14-3) knocked out Rafael dos Anjos back at UFC 91 and has been rumored to face Efrain Escuedero at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN on April 1st. Lauzon released an official statement to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) regarding his main event bout next Saturday in Tampa, FL.

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Is the WEC preparing to add female weight classes?

It appears that WEC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Condit, could be getting a transfer to the UFC. Parent company, Zuffa, owns both promotions.

The decision to move Condit to the UFC comes on the heels of his scheduled opponent for WEC 39 set for March 1, Brock Larson, having to pull out of the fight due to injury. Condit’s first UFC appearance could be a SPIKE TV televised main event versus Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN.

The same report indicates that the WEC will most likely go ahead and disband their entire welterweight division which would make sense if they are moving the champion to a different organization. Since Zuffa owns both promotions, UFC and WEC, it appears they are wanting to cut out all coinciding weight classes. The WEC already shut down their light heavyweight and middleweight classes and transferred most of their top fighters from those divisions to the UFC, so it appears the move with Condit fits right into the master plan.

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PRO MMA Gym Spotlight: Guardian MMA Pt. 1

One of PRO MMA’s missions is to take the reader behind the scenes to get a better look at what has made MMA into the fastest growing sport in the world. Fans often get just a glimpse behind the scenes of an MMA fight with shows like the UFC Countdown series, The Ultimate Fighter series, and the Tapout reality shows.  

We read or hear about the training camps and gym affiliations that guys are associated with, and learn that there are many people involved in preparing these athletes to do battle.  An MMA fighter relies on coaches, trainers, managers, agents, training partners, and promoters but the base of operations is a home gym.  

Many guys cross train at multiple gyms, but their home gym is often where it all started.  Whether it is a tiny MMA gym in a small town in Anywhere USA, or a large franchise of gyms like Xtreme Couture, the gym is like a second home to many fighters both amateur and professional.

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Junie Browning likely to face Cole Miller in Nashville

UFC Fight Night 18’s only confirmed fight so far is Efrain Escudero (11-0) vs. Jeremy Stephens (14-3).

However, reports are now surfacing that “The Ultimate Fighter” season eight bad boy, Junie Browning (3-0) will likely face American Top Team’s Cole Miller (14-3) at the event.

Browning, a Kentucky native, is sure to have a lot of fans and friends show up to support him in the Volunteer State. The bout between Browning and Miller has been verbally agreed upon but not yet signed according to our friends over at MMAJunkie.

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Dan Barrera makes MMA return at XFC 7 in Knoxville, TN

We haven’t heard much from Daniel Barrera since his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 6. Like Chris Lytle, Barrera is a firefighter but he is also an instructor at SSF Submission Academy in Clarksville, TN.

Barrera lost to Ben Saunders at the Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale by decision in December of ’07. That was his first professional MMA fight. Since then, Barrera has reeled off two straight victories, the most recent was on October 3, 2008 at Showcase of Strength in Shepardsville, KY.

Barrera will be stepping back into the cage on February 20th in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he will face Robert “Iron Man” Thompson at Xtreme Fighting Championship’s XFC 7: RETRIBUTION. With the UFC scheduled to land in Nashville just two months later, MMA promotions are taking full advantage of the state’s legalization of the sport, which came in 2008.

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UFC coming to Nashville, Tennessee April 1

Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens will fight in TN

Nashville, Tennessee will finally get the event it has been looking forward to for years. The UFC will bring its promotion to Music City on April 1, 2009 for Ultimate Fight Night 18.

The event will broadcast live on SPIKE TV and will serve as prelude to episode one of The Ultimate Fighter season nine. This season of the Ultimate Fighter will feature Team U.K., coached by Michael Bisping vs. Team USA, coached by the UFC 93 winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson.

A fight between The Ultimate Fighter season 8 lightweight winner, Efrain Escudero, and Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens has been confirmed for the Ultimate Fight Night 18 card in Nashville. Stephens, who is coming off a KO win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 91, also has a win over Cole Miller at Ultimate Fight Night 12.

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Valentine’s Day set for Gameness Fighting Championship 2

Gameness Fighting Championship will be holding it’s second event in the Nashville, TN area. GFC 2 is set for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena. Promoter, Ed Clay did a great job with GFC’s first event a few weeks ago and looks to build on that success with another … Read more

Gameness Fighting Championship – Dec. 11 Nashville, TN

Gameness Fighting Championship comes to the Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7pm CST.

Finally, legitimate Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighting comes to Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Ed Clay of Nashville MMA and Gameness, this event is guaranteed to be a high quality, action packed spectacle.

With over ten fights and eight of Ed Clay’s fighters on the card, there’s bound to be some great performances.

There have been a few amateur MMA shows around the Middle Tennessee area recently that have received some criticism for their lack of talent. That’s something people won’t have to worry about with this card.

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Darryl Worley Brings MMA To Nashville

Country singer/songwriter, Darryl Worley has teamed with Nashville attorney Steve Mills and eighth-degree black belt Chuck Burnett to launch Music City Mixed Martial Arts.

Music City MMA plans to promote monthly events in Nashville, Tennessee. There’s plenty of local MMA talent in Tennessee.  The immediate area is home to such MMA gyms as Ed Clay’s Nashville MMA and Guardian MMA in Murfreesboro.

With MMA just becoming legalized in Tennessee in 2008, the whole state is like a bed of dry leaves ready to be set on fire with the intense passion MMA fighters and fans bring to the sport.

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