Lost in the shuffle of all this Chael Sonnen performance-enhancing drug madness was the fact Efrain Escudero was released by the UFC yesterday. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner announced on Monday that he was cut by the world’s premier mixed martial arts show after only five bouts.
“Hello true fan I was released by the Ufc today speaking to strikeforce and bellator. Taking a week off and make my way back!!!!!” Escudero tweeted.
Escudero amassed a 2-2 record following his unanimous decision victory over Phillipe Nover at “The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale” in December 2008, with victories against Cole Miller and Dan Lauzon. The 24-year-old Mexican-born lightweight made the popular reality show partly because of his perfect 10-0 mark, however couldn’t keep his spot when the level of competition picked up.
Speaking of unblemished records, he was last seen getting submitted by the undefeated Charles Oliviera last week at “UFC Fight Night 22.” Although he held his own against the talented youngster for much of the fight, the crafty up-and-comer hopped on his back and secured a rear-naked choke for the upset victory.
Although his record wasn’t anything to write to Mexico about, Escudero is one of the sport’s more recognizable athletes courtesy of his stint on TUF. Based on his marketability and upside, don’t expect for his unemployment status to stick too long.