Previously unbeaten TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero (12-1) suffered his first loss at “Ultimate Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz” on January 11 in Fairfax, VA. Escudero showed grit and heart in initially refusing to tap to a very secure armbar put on by his opponent Evan Dunham. Also demonstrating a lack of good sense, Escudero allowed his opponent to severely torque his arm to the point that many who were watching were sure that it was broken. Later reports confirmed that it was not but there did appear to be tendon damage.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that the proud fighter will undergo an MRI this week to determine when he can return to the cage.
A Boston Herald reporter posted a message on Twitter indicating that Escudero could face Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon (12-3) at UFC 114. The youngest fighter to compete in the Octagon (Lauzon made his UFC debut in October of 2006 at “UFC 64:Unstoppable” against Spencer Fisher) Dan Lauzon was reported by MMA Junkie to have announced over the weekend that he will be fighting against an as yet unnamed opponent at UFC 114, an event scheduled to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on May 29.
A source close to Escudero told MMAJunkie that at this point a fight with the younger Lauzon is “only talk”. The MRI results due in later this week look to determine when Escudero will be fit to make his return to the Octagon.