Reports: Bader-Marrerro, Simpson-McKenzie Set for UFC Fight Night 18

Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A pair of fights have reportedly been added to the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 18 show that is rumored to be taking place on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee - Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero and Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie.

Five Ounces of Pain is reporting both fights as taking place at the event, citing sources close to some of the participating fighters.

Bader will be fighting for the first formal time in the UFC after defeating jiu-jitsu champion Vinicius Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight portion of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at the show’s finale in December. The Arizona Combat Sports product remains undefeated thus far in his professional career.

Marrero returns to the UFC after a one-year absence during the promotion, in which he four out of five fights in smaller shows, including a decision over Steve Steinbeiss at WEC 36 in November. During his first stint with the UFC, Marrero went 1-2, his lone win coming over Cheick Kongo.

Both Simpson and McKenzie are transferring to the UFC from the WEC’s now-defunct light heavyweight division. Simpson made quite the splash in his one and only WEC bout, scoring a quick first-round knockout of David Avellan at WEC 36. McKenzie, a former WEC light heavyweight champion, most recently submitted Jeremy Lang at WEC 34.


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