“Ultimate Fighter” season 8 winner Efrain Escudero has been released from the UFC following his September 15 loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night in Austin, Tex.
Escudero confirmed the release with MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Surprising for two reasons – one, Efrain’s KO of Cole Miller is still in my mind, and dos, because Mac Danzig was a solid -300 to be the first winner of TUF cut (exempting Lutter). However, Efrain didn’t exactly make himself look good – a loss to potential killer Evan Dunham isn’t bad in and of itself, but to follow up with a flabby loss to a kid even younger than you (I think “flabby” describes his performance accurately, as well) was apparently the death knell. Zuffa really isn’t fucking around these days… I kind of fear for Sonnen’s job at this point.
Also, am I the only one that sees this as a potential sign that the brass is gambling that Velasquez alone will be able to spearhead the invasion of Mexico?