On the heels of recently passed legislation that allows for professional MMA to be regulated in the state of Tennessee, the UFC and Spike are headed south on April 1 for a night of Live and Free MMA at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Carlos Condit, current WEC welterweight champion, will take on Martin Kampmann in the main event, with TUF 8 winners Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero heading up the undercard.
Bader will take on American Top Team fighter Carmelo Marrero in his first appearance back in the Octagon since dispatching Vinny Magalhaes at the TUF Finale last December. Marrero is coming off a win over Steve Steinbeiss and holds a notable victory against Cheick Kongo. He has also been in the Octagon with Gabriel Gonzaga and Wilson Gouveia, though he lost both those fights. Escudero's opponent is yet to be announced, but he'll be putting his spotless 12-0 record on the line in his official UFC debut.
Junie Browning, also on the card, will open the live broadcast at 9 p.m. with a bout against TUF 5 veteran Cole Miller. Miller won three of his last four fights and most recently topped Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86.
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