NameEfrain Escudero
NicknameHecho en Mexico
AssociationMMA Lab
Weight ClassLightweight
Height5′ 9″ (175 cm)
StyleWrestling, Kickboxing
Birth DateJanuary 15, 1986
Fighting Out OfTempe, Arizona, USA
CountryUSA
Efrain Escudero PicturesOfficial Website

”’Efrain “Hecho en Mexico” Escudero”’ is a Mexican American mixed martial artist, collegiate wrestler, and reality TV star. He trains under Drew Fickett, and competes as a lightweight. Efrain was the lightweight winner of SpikteTV’s reality series The Ultimate Fighter 8 Team Nogueira vs Team Mir.

He fought for the UFC, until he was released after his loss to Charles Oliveira.

On November 3, 2010, it was announced that Escudero had signed with [[Shine Fights | Shine Fight Promotions]].

== Professional Record ==

Record18 – 7 – 0 (Win â€Â“ Loss â€Â“ Draw)
Wins1 (T)KOs
12 Submissions
5 Decisions
Losses0 (T)KOs
2 Submissions
5 Decisions
ResultOpponentMethodEvent TitleDateRoundTimeNotes
LossJorge PatinoDecision (Split)Max Sport: 13.25/11/201335:00For Max Sport Lightweight Championship (Inaugural)
LossTyson GriffinDecision (Unanimous)RFA 4 Griffin vs Escudero11/2/201235:00
LossMac DanzigDecision (Unanimous)UFC 145 Jones vs Evans4/21/201235:00
LossJacob VolkmannDecision (Unanimous)UFC 141 Lesnar vs Overeem12/30/201135:00
WinCesar AvilaSubmission (Guillotine Choke)BFC Bellator Fighting Championships 5510/22/201111:55
WinMike RioDecision (Unanimous)CFA 2: McCorkle vs Hayes7/23/201135:00
LossFabricio CamoesDecision (Unanimous)TPF 9 The Contenders5/06/201135:00
WinAshe BowmanDecision (Unanimous)XCage: Predators4/08/201135:00
WinJeremy LarsenSubmission (Armbar)RITC: Rage in the Cage 1481/29/201133:21
WinAlfredo MartinezSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)DRFCF: Desert Rage Full Contact Fighting 811/19/201011:14
LossCharles OliveiraSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)UFC Fight Night 22 Marquardt vs Palhares9/15/201032:25Catchweight (159 lbs.) bout as Escudero failed to make weight; Released from UFC following loss
WinDan LauzonDecision (Unanimous)UFC 114 Rampage vs Evans5/29/201035:00Bout featured live on SpikeTV
LossEvan DunhamSubmission (Armbar)UFC Fight Night 20 Maynard vs Diaz1/11/201031:59
WinCole MillerTKO (Punches)UFC 103 Franklin vs Belfort9/19/200913:36Bout aired live on SpikeTV
WinPhillipe NoverDecision (Unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale12/13/200835:00UFC debut; Won TUF 8 Lightweight competition
WinTommy WagnerSubmission (Strikes)FMF: Full Moon Fighting2/23/200811:12
WinEric ReganSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)RITC 99: Rage in the Cage 998/18/200722:15
WinJon KecksSubmission (Triangle Choke)CS: Cage Supremacy 27/22/200712:04
WinTJ ZasaSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)CS: Cage Supremacy6/24/200720:43
WinPeter NewshellerSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)RITC 96: Rage in the Cage 966/15/200711:13
WinJose RodriguezSubmission (Triangle Choke)RITC 95: Rage in the Cage 955/12/200712:29
WinNic StoneSubmission (Armbar)RITC 93: Rage in the Cage 934/20/200721:25
WinMike SmithSubmission (Rear Naked Choke)RITC 92: Cronin vs Vigil3/30/200712:57
WinJoe CroninDecision (Unanimous)RITC 84: Celebrity Theatre7/01/200633:00
WinChris ColladoSubmission (Choke)RITC 83: Rampage6/10/20061N/A

== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
=== Early Career ===
Efrain 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 streaking together 7 straight wins all by submission. This streak of submissions was the highest recorded in the year of 2007.

Efrain only fought during the summer months because he is a full time collegiate wrestler. He competed for Pima Community College for the years 2006 and 2007 seasons. This is the same college in which fellow MMA competitors Drew Fickett, Jamie Varner, and Jesse Forbes attended. During the 2006-2007 season Efrain placed 7th at the NJCAA national tournament in the 157 lb weight class, officially making Efrain an All-American.

Efrain stepped out of his summer fight schedule to compete in Full Moon Fighting’s inaugural event held in Rocky Point, Mexico. This was Efrain’s first time fighting in his native country of Mexico, and he wore a pair of fight shorts bearing the Mexican Flag. His bout was against Tommy Wagner, whom he defeated by submission due to strikes at 1:12 of round 1.

=== The Ultimate Fighter 8 ===
Efrain was a contestant on UFC‘s The Ultimate Fighter 8 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 later beat Junie Browning with a [[D’Arce Choke]] in the second round to advance to the finals. Spike TV presented The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, which Efrain earned his six figured UFC contract by defeating Phillipe Nover by unanimous decision. Upon receiving his trophy, he dedicated his win to his late father, who passed away right before he left for the show. He further dedicated his win to anybody who had ever lost anybody they loved.

=== UFC Career ===
Efrain 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 8 Finale, that was live and free on Spike TV.

Efrain met with Dana White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to have a fight between himself and Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18, but he had to withdraw due to injury. Escudero would end up returning to action on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103 Franklin vs Belfort against Cole Miller. The fight would take place on the undercard, yet was aired live on SpikeTV, before the airing of the pay-per-view. At the weigh-ins, Escudero weighed in a pound over the accepted weight (156 lbs.), taking an hour to finally cut the necessary weight. Though Escudero looked worn out attempting to cut weight, it did not seem to affect his performance, as he ended the fight at 3:36 of the first round, winning via TKO (Punches), earning his first win since winning The Ultimate Fighter.

On January 11, 2010 Escudero faced off against Evan Dunham in Fairfax, Virginia at UFC Fight Night 20 in a fight of undefeated Lightweights. Escudero had Dunham in trouble much of the first round, but it was Dunham who recovered and came back to win by Armbar in the third round, handing Escudero his first career loss.

Escudero returned on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114 Rampage vs Evans, where he faced off against Dan Lauzon. After a close and fairly lackluster first round, Escudero took control in the second, began stalking his opponent, and did damage from the clinch with punches and knees. The damage continued in the third round and slowed only when Escudero connected on a pair of late-round low blows that forced Lauzon to his knees for a timeout. After the break and Escudero’s point deduction, the fighters closed out the fight with a wild flurry that left both competitors bloodied. But it was too little too late for Lauzon, who suffered the Decision (Unanimous) loss via scores of 29-27 on all three judges’ cards.

His next fight took place against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom Charles Oliveira on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22. Escudero failed to make weight and the bout was turned into a Catchweight bout of 159 lbs. Largely a standup affair, Oliveira had the quicker hands and feet, especially when it came to stinging leg kicks, and was slowed only when his lightweight opponent connected on an inadvertent low kick midway through the final frame. With the referee surprisingly unwilling to give the fighter his five minutes of recovery time and rushed back into the final three minutes of the bout, Oliveira quickly shot for a takedown and then took his opponent’s back when the “TUF 8” champion tried to escape from the canvas. With his body lock secured and Escudero in the standing position, Oliveira easily locked in a Rear Naked Choke that forced a tap-out at the 2:25 mark of the final frame.

With the loss, Escudero’s UFC record came to 3-2, yet he was released by the promotion. He announced the bad news via his Twitter account and subsequently confirmed it to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Escudero said the split was amicable, and he has already begun dialogue with other prominent MMA promotions.

: “I’m going to take a week off, so I’m not rushing into anything,” he said. “Then, after that, I’m going to decide where I’m going to go.”

== Personal Life ==
* Efrain was born in Mexico, but became an American citizen later, after immigrating to the US with his parents.
* Efrain Escudero attended Cibola High School in Yuma, Arizona. He was coached by Pepe Moreno (Cibola’s first two time state champ in 1994 & 1995;also wrestled for ASU) and Terrell Hunsinger Jr. During Efrain’s senior year at Cibola, he captured a 5A Arizona State Wrestling Championship at 140 lbs. after taking 3rd as a junior at 135 lbs.
* Efrain attended Pima Community College, where he wrestled at 157 lbs., eventually placing 7th at the NJCAA nationals, earning himself an All-American status for the sport of wrestling.
* Escudero currently attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He wrestles at 157 lbs. and is the current Co-captain of the wrestling team. Efrain is currently a junior, majoring in criminal justice.
* Efrain has a clothing company called INC Fighting Syndicate.