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Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen scheduled for UFC Fight Night 18

Middleweights Ryan Jensen and Steve Steinbeiss are now scheduled to square off during the eighteenth installment of UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1. first reported that the matchup was possible for UFC 96 but has since confirmed that verbal agreements between both fighters have been secured for UFN 18.

Jensen, 13-5, is currently on his second tour of duty with the UFC and is winless in three Octagon bouts. He made his UFC debut at UFC 74 in May of 2007, losing to Thales Leites in the first round via armbar submission.

After going 2-1 outside of the UFC, Jensen returned at UFC Fight Night 15 in September. Facing Wilson Gouveia, Jensen tapped at 2:04 of round 2.

Steinbeiss trains out of Arizona Combat Sports and has a lifetime MMA record of 4-2. While UFN 18 will be his UFC debut, he has competed for other national promotions such as BodogFIGHT and the WEC. Steinbeiss’ most recent bout was a split decision loss to Carmelo Marrero at WEC 36 this past November. He was transferred over to the UFC after the WEC closed its middleweight and light heavyweight divisions in December.

In addition to Jensen vs. Steinbeiss, UFN 18 will also reportedly feature bouts involving TUF 8 light heavyweight winner Ryan Bader vs. Marrero, TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens, Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie, and Junie Browning vs. Cole Miller. The show will emanate from Nashville, Tenn. and will precede the season premiere of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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