January 15, 1986 |
San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
|Other names||Hecho En México|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Somerton, Arizona, U.S.|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Crouch|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Grand Canyon University
Pima Community College
|Notable school(s)||Cibola High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: September 25, 2009
Efraín Escudero (born January 15, 1986) is a Mexican mixed martial artist. He trains under Drew Fickett and competes in the 155 lb (70.3 kg) weight class. Efrain was the winner of season eight of Spike TV's reality show The Ultimate Fighter.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Escudero began his career in the summer of 2006 by putting together two back to back wins in Roland Sarria's Phoenix based Rage in the Cage mixed martial arts organization. He followed up his two fight win streak the following summer by recording 7 straight wins, all by submission. This streak of submissions was the highest recorded in the year of 2007.
Escudero only fought during the summer months because he was a full-time collegiate wrestler. He competed for Pima Community College for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. While competing Efrain found himself teammates with future UFC fighters Drew Fickett, Jamie Varner, Jesse Forbes, Anthony Birchak, George Roop, Anthony Leone, and Danny Martinez. During the 2006-2007 season, Escudero placed 7th at the NJCAA national tournament in the 157 lb weight class, officially making Escudero an All-American.
In 2007 Escudero stepped out of his summer fight schedule to compete in Full Moon Fighting's inaugural event held in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. This was Escudero's first fight in his birth country of Mexico and he wore a pair of fight shorts bearing the Mexican Flag. This bout was against Tommy Wagner, whom he defeated by submission due to strikes at 1:12 of round 1.
The Ultimate Fighter 8
Escudero was a contestant on the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir on Spike TV as a lightweight. He won his first fight against Ido Pariente with a rear naked choke in the first round to make it into the house. He then beat Shane Nelson in the second round with a mounted triangle to earn a spot in the semi-finals. He then beat Junie Browning with a D'Arce choke in the second round to advance to the finals. In the show's finale, shown on Spike TV, Escudero earned a six-figure UFC contract by defeating Phillipe Nover by unanimous decision. Upon receiving the trophy, Escudero dedicated his win to his late father, who died just before he left for the show. He further dedicated his win to anybody who had ever lost anybody they loved.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Escudero earned his first official win in the UFC on December 13, 2008, by defeating Phillipe Nover by unanimous decision during the main event of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir.
Efrain was set to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18. Efrain came down with a rib injury that forced him to withdraw from the bout. In an online interview, hosted by Escudero's official website, Escudero confirmed that he would fight Cole Miller at UFC 103. Prior to his fight with Miller, Efrain told FightLockdown.com, "I have been concentrating on knocking people out. My hands are improving every day. If they want to keep it standing, I am ready and willing to do just that.”
At UFC 103, in his first post-TUF fight, Escudero eventually earned an impressive KO win over Miller at 3:36 of the first round. He was aggressive throughout, once executing a powerful takedown in lifting and slamming Miller to the canvas. After dropping Miller with a strong jab, he followed up with two ground and pound strikes to the head of his opponent to stop the fight.
Escudero suffered his first professional defeat against Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 20 via submission in the third round. Escudero refused to tap until the armbar was at an extreme angle and left the ring under medical supervision before the victory presentation, leading to speculation that the arm was broken. Escudero reassured fans via Twitter that the arm only suffered tendon damage.
Escudero then defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) after being deducted a point late in the third round for accidentally striking Lauzon in the groin.
Escudero was expected to face John Gunderson on September 15, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 22. Escudero was then set to face Matt Wiman after Wiman's original opponent, Mac Danzig was forced from the card with an injury. Wiman also suffered an injury and was replaced by Charles Oliveira.
Escudero weighed in at 159 pounds, three pounds over the limit, resulting in the fight becoming a catchweight bout. Escudero lost the bout via submission due to a standing rear-naked choke in the third round.
On September 20, 2010, Escudero was released from his UFC contract, making him the second TUF winner to be released by the UFC.
After leaving the UFC, Escudero compiled a 5-1 record, finishing three of his opponents via submission.
Escudero's fourth fight since leaving the UFC came against fellow UFC veteran Fabrício Camões at Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5. He lost via unanimous decision after being controlled by Camões for the first two rounds.
After visa-issues forced Paul Kelly out of his fight at Legacy Fighting Championship 9, Efrain was announced as his replacement. He was signed to fight Jeff Rexroad on Dec. 16th, 2011. However, Efrain was re-signed to the UFC, causing him to withdraw from the bout.
Return to the UFC
In his UFC return, Escudero faced Jacob Volkmann on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141, replacing an injured TJ Grant. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, but was very close to submitting Volkmann in the closing minutes.
Escudero faced Zack Surdyka on September 20, 2013 at Bellator 100. He won the bout via unanimous decision.
Third UFC stint
Escudero was originally expected to face Francisco Trinaldo on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51. However, Trinaldo was replaced in the bout by Leonardo Santos. Escudero lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Escudero next faced Kevin Lee on April 23, 2016 at UFC 197. Despite Rocking Lee several times, and getting the better of the striking exchanges in each round, Efrain gave up several crucial take downs to Lee causing him to lose the fight by unanimous decision. Escudero was subsequently released from the promotion for a third time. 
Efrain was scheduled to compete at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic against Mansour Barnaoui (13-4) on February, 7th 2017 for EuroFC's inaugural event but the event was cancelled. The bout with Mansour was to be rescheduled to a future event, but Mansour refused for unknown reasons. Efrain instead fought against Akhmet Aliev for Fight Nights Global 59 on February 23, 2017 in Khimki, Russia. Despite almost submitting Aliev in the first round, Escudero lost a unanimous decision. When Escudero returned to the United States he quickly accepted a short notice fight against former Bellator title challenger and fellow Ultimate Fighter alumnus Fabrício Guerreiro. Escudero won the fight via unanimous decision on March 18, 2017.
Efrain was scheduled to face Bellator veteran Murad Machaev in Yekaterinburg, Russia on May 25th, 2017 for Fight Nights Global 66, however, Machaev pulled out of the bout for unknown reasons. Efrain faced Akhmed Aliev on February 23, 2017 at Fight Nights Global 59 and lost that fight by split decision.
Efrain decided to give himself a quick turnaround by helping fund, and run an upstart MMA promotion based out of Mexico called Lux Fight League. On July 21st, 2017 Efrain competed in the main event of the inaugural event, defeating Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Bruno Murata by unanimous decision, handing Murata his first professional loss in the process. Following the win Efrain began a Twitter campaign to earn a spot on the Bellator Roster.
Absolute Championship Berkut
Escudero faced Musa Khamanaev on November 18, 2017 at ACB 74. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Escudero was a collegiate wrestler at Grand Canyon University. Though he left the school to join the UFC, he eventually returned to earn his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2011.
Championships and accomplishments
- Superior Challenge
- SC Lightweight Championship (One time, current)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||28 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||28–13||Musa Khamanaev||Decision (unanimous)||ACB 74: Aguev vs. Townsend||November 25, 2017||3||5:00||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||28–12||Bruno Murata||Decision (unanimous)||Lux Fight League - Tampico||July 21, 2017||3||5:00||Tampico, Mexico|
|Win||27–12||Fabrício Guerreiro||Decision (unanimous)||Conquer FC 3||March 18, 2017||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States|
|Loss||26–12||Akhmet Aliev||Decision (split)||Fight Nights Global 59: Minakov vs. Linderman||February 23, 2017||3||5:00||Khimki, Russia|
|Win||26–11||Nelson Carvalho||Decision (split)||EB - European Beatdown 1||December 3, 2016||3||5:00||Mons, Belgium|
|Win||25–11||Koshi Matsumoto||Decision (unanimous)||Vale Tudo Japan - VTJ 8th||September 19, 2016||3||5:00||Urayasu, Chiba, Japan|
|Loss||24–11||Kevin Lee||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 197||April 23, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||24–10||Leandro Silva||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum||November 21, 2015||3||5:00||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Win||24–9||Drew Dober||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 188||June 13, 2015||1||0:54||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||23–9||Rodrigo de Lima||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch||February 14, 2015||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||22–9||Leonardo Santos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||22–8||Juha-Pekka Vainikainen||TKO (elbows and punches)||Superior Challenge 10||May 3, 2014||3||4:48||Helsingborg, Sweden||Won the SC Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||21–8||Dakota Cochrane||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 13||March 7, 2014||3||5:00||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||21–7||Luis Palomino||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 12: Sampo vs. Thao||October 12, 2013||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||20–7||Zack Surdyka||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||19–7||Marcus Edwards||Decision (split)||Sparta Combat League: Live at the Stampede||June 29, 2013||3||5:00||Greeley, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Jorge Patino||Decision (split)||Max Sport: 13.2||May 11, 2013||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||18–6||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 4||November 2, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–5||Mac Danzig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||18–4||Jacob Volkmann||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–3||Cesar Avila||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 55||October 22, 2011||1||1:55||Yuma, Arizona, United States|
|Win||17–3||Mike Rio||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 2: McCorkle vs. Hayes||July 23, 2011||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Fabrício Camões||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 9: The Contenders||May 5, 2011||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||16–2||Ashe Bowman||Decision (unanimous)||XCage: Predators||April 8, 2011||3||5:00||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||15–2||Jeremy Larsen||Submission (armbar)||Rage In The Cage 148||January 29, 2011||3||3:21||Chandler, Arizona, United States|
|Win||14–2||Alfredo Martinez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 8||November 19, 2010||1||1:14||Somerton, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Charles Oliveira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares||September 15, 2010||3||2:25||Austin, Texas, United States||Catchweight (159 lbs) bout; Escudero missed weight.|
|Win||13–1||Dan Lauzon||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–1||Evan Dunham||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz||January 11, 2010||3||1:59||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||12–0||Cole Miller||KO (punches)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||1||3:36||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||11–0||Phillipe Nover||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale||December 13, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 8 Lightweight tournament.|
|Win||10–0||Tommy Wagner||Submission (punches)||Full Moon Fighting||February 23, 2008||1||1:12||Puerto Peñasco, Mexico|
|Win||9–0||Eric Regan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rage in the Cage 99||August 18, 2007||2||2:15||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||8–0||Jon Kecks||Submission (triangle choke)||Cage Supremacy 2||July 22, 2007||1||2:04||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||7–0||TJ Zasa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Supremacy||June 24, 2007||2||0:43||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||6–0||Peter Newsheller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rage in the Cage 96||June 15, 2007||1||1:13||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jose Rodriguez||Submission (triangle choke)||Rage in the Cage 95||May 12, 2007||1||2:29||Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–0||Nic Stone||Submission (armbar)||Rage in the Cage 93||April 20, 2007||2||1:25||Somerton, Arizona, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mike Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rage in the Cage 92: Cronin vs Vigil||March 30, 2007||1||2:57||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–0||Joe Cronin||Decision (unanimous)||Rage in the Cage 84: Celebrity Theatre||July 1, 2006||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Collado||Submission (choke)||Rage in the Cage 83: Rampage||June 10, 2006||1||N/A||Fountain Hills, Arizona, United States|
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