With Efrain Escudero out with an injury the UFC went about finding a replacement to face Jeremy Stephens at Fight Night 18 on April 1st. It didn’t take long to find that fighter as MMAWeekly.com reports that Gleison Tibau has stepped up to face Stephens at the event. It will make for the same turnaround time for both fighters from the last time they faced action, as both were in action at Fight Night 17 last month.
Stephens came up short as a last minute replacement for Hermes Franca against Joe Lauzon, succumbing to the highly talented lightweight in the night’s main event. Tibau, on the other hand, was on the victorious side of things, submitting Rich Clementi in the first round.
Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann will serve as the live lead in to the ninth season debut of The Ultimate Fighter. The show airs live on Spike TV on April 1st.