Efrain Escudero Released from UFC, In Talks with Bellator and Strikeforce

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Efrain Escudero has been released from his UFC contract following a third round submission loss to top prospect Charles Oliveira in which he weighed in three pounds over the Lightweight limit of 156lbs.

Despite a 3-2 record in the UFC including an impressive TKO victory over Cole Miller and a dominating decision win over Dan Lauzon, Escudero becomes only the second Ultimate Fighter winner to be released with the other being Travis Lutter.

Rumour is Escudero’s staus as a free agent may be short lived as he is in negotiations with both Strikeforce and Bellator. In signing with Strikeforce Escudero would join a very competitive Lightweight Division with the likes of Champion Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, Lyle Beerbohm, Vitor Ribeiro and¬†Billy Evangilista among others. Bellator would likely add Escudero to a future Lightweight tournament¬† for a shot at the winner of the eventual title fight between Pat Curran and Eddie Alvarez.

Stay tuned to Top MMA News for future updates as the situation unfolds.

5 Responses to “ Efrain Escudero Released from UFC, In Talks with Bellator and Strikeforce ”

  1. Very surprised that Escudero got released.

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  2. Robin Black says:

    He missed weight by 4 pounds in his last fight with no excuse. He’s never in amazing shape. he’s 1-2 in his last 3 with the win being a sloppy affair with Dan Lauzon. He took some pointless time off after TUF and lost all his heat. He’s unreasonably smug. And there aren’t many specifically Escudero fans out there.

    I’d cut him.

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  3. Jamie Locke says:

    I agree with glam rock….

    I like Efrain, but he doesn’t have much to offer the 155lb div in the UFC.

    He will be better off elsewhere, except for the paychecks of course…

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  4. harry balls says:

    Philippe Nover is much more handsome. Bring him back.
    And i would like to see Junie Browning v. a bunch of pitbulls with mouth herpes.

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  5. weighty says:

    I guess if you miss weight, lose, and are a TUF champ, you get cut. 2 for 2 now.

    Meanwhile, if you are Thiago Alves, you can miss weight forever and get second, third, and fourth chances.

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