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Ultimate Fight Night 18 Recap: Bader Wins And Kampmann Spoils Condit's UFC Debut

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Overall, I thought last night's show was very good fight wise.  However, there were a TON of commercials, seemingly more than usual.  I suppose that comes with the territory, and I was kind of pissed that there were only 4 fights shown.  However, with three of the four fights going to a decision it's to be expected.  Why were they trying their best to hype Chuck Liddell like he was close to getting a title shot with a win or something?  Also, I thought the tribute to "Mask" of Tapout was dope.  I was glad to see the UFC acknowledge him, and the empty seat was fitting.  On to the fights:

Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller-I thought Miller pretty much bullied Browning the whole fight.  He controlled him when the fight was standing and tagged him with a big punch early on.  I have no idea how Browning didn't see that guillotine coming.  I picked Browning in this fight, and Miller made me pay for it.  Miller made Browning look bad.  I like the call of Miller wanting to fight Spencer Fisher or Caol Uno.  Joe Silva, make it happen!

Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos-Very good fight.  Let me first say that in losing I would LOVE to see dos Anjos get another fight in the UFC.  That guy is legit.  He is tough as nails, has improved his standup, and is pretty slick on the ground.  He had Griffin in some tough spots a couple of times.  Griffin did just as I thought he would...win via decision.  He has to start finishing his opponents at some point if he wants to be top 5 like he says he does.

Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero-A lot of people were probably bored with Bader's performance.  However, I was impressed by his ability to improve his position on the ground.  He even went for an armbar which surprised the hell out of me.  I'd like to see him fight someone like Eric Schaefer next.  There's no sense in throwing him in the deep end of the pool at this point in his career.

Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann-Wow, that was a war.  Great Great fight.  As Kampmann said, that fight could have gone either way.  I think Kampmann's ability to keep Condit on his back for majority of the 3rd round was the deciding factor.  I mean you couldn't ask for a better main event IMO.  Great sub attempts, good strikes landed, and good transitions.  I don't think that loss will hurt Condit's stock that much.  He fought well, was exciting, and was fighting a tough opponent in Kampmann.  I'd love to see him and Dustin Hazelett go at it.  As far as Kampmann goes, I'd like to see him fight the winner of Swick/Saunders. 

Give me your thoughts on the fight, and the full fight results are after the jump.

Main Event
- Martin Kampmann defeated Carlos Condit via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29). 

Televised Card
- Ryan Bader defeated Carmel Marrero via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Tyson Griffin defeated Rafael dos Anjos via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
- Cole Miller defeated Junie Browning via Submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 1:58.

Prelims
- Gleison Tibau defeated Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
- Ricardo Almeida defeated Matt Horwich via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

- Tim Credeur defeated Nick Catone via Submission (guillotine choke) - Round 2, 3:45
- Jorge Rivera defeated Nissen Osterneck via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).   
- Rob Kimmons defeated Joe Vedepo via Submission (guillotine choke), Round 1 - 1:54.
- Aaron Simpson def. Tim McKenzie via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:40.

- Brock Larson defeated Jesse Sanders via Submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:01.