TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero released from the UFCPosted on September 22, 2010, 06:24 AM by Drago
It was with a bit of shock that fans "heard" that 24 years old Mexican mixed martial artist Efrain "Hecho en México" Escudero was "cut" by the UFC, only five days after his loss to Charles "do Bronx" Oliveira.
"Hello true fan I was released by the Ufc today speaking to strikeforce and bellator. Taking a week off and make my way back!!!!!"
This was what Escudero wrote on his twitter page. Just under two years ago, Escudero won season eight of TUF, "squeezing" out a victory against Philipe Nover. He followed that up with a impressive KO of Cole Miller, cementing his reputation as a young promising fighter. His next fight was against rising star Evan Dunham in which he lost via armbar. He bounced back with a decision victory against Dan Lauzon and again he was set to face a rising star, this time in the likes of the 20 year old Brazilian Charles Oliveira. He lost that fight (being submitted again) but more than the loss was the fact he didnt made weight and thats something the UFC (aka Dana White) doesnt like and probably the reason he was cut from the organization.
This marks only the second time the UFC has released a winner from TUF and his release does appear somewhat hasty compared with how the other reality series winners have fared. Escudero is a very talented and promising fighter and has a good chance of getting a few wins in some of the smaller shows, and it may not be long before he returns to the Octagon. He has a record of 13-2 with most his wins coming by the form of submission (9 in total).