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Efrain Escudero cut from UFC roster

MMA Weekly tells it:

“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 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?

  • subo

    Oh, what the fuck.

  • Schrute Boxe

    sweet font.

    I find that Mac at least puts on exciting fights when he loses. it’s “Gurgel’s Law” for extending your mediocre career with the UFC


    He’s expendable. He lost 2 of his last 3 fights and his last win was an ugly decision over a very out of shape Dan Lauzon.

    They’re making an example out of him, it shows they aren’t fucking around with guys missing weight anymore. Sends a strong message that will hopefully straighten a few people out.

  • Reverend Clint

    eh he was crap from the beginning

  • FiveBoltMain

    That’s what happens when you don’t make weight and get choked out.

  • godzillad

    That’s what happens when TUF is filled with fucking scrubs. Seriously, anyone that wasn’t around for season one doesn’t understand how crazy it was. It was pre-other major orgs; they had all the major small-show stars. It was like The Expendables of MMA.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Left some small-font spans in there. Fixed.

  • subo

    ^ Not a bad movie but they should have let Randy talk more

  • Reverend Clint

    yeah all the guys in season 1 and pretty much season 2 were guys that would now rule strikefarce or dream.

  • mamoru

    What’s funny is how much the way people view TUF1 has changed.
    All the people around the internet at the time of the first season were beside themselves that the guys off the show got contracts at all.
    For at least a year there were at least 20 inches on any mma blog a month bitching and moaning about how many card slots were wasted on scrubs like Leben, Florian and Griffin on upcoming cards.

    Now these same “journalists” are complaining about how weak the last seasons have been compared to the awesome fighters from the first one.

    It’s funny, funny shit.

    I especially recommend going back and reading old sherdog articles and compare them with newer ones, it’s amazing.

    Well, that, and Escudero being cut before mr Vegan. That’s pretty fucking hilarious too.

  • godzillad

    “All the people around the internet at the time of the first season were beside themselves that the guys off the show got contracts at all.”

    You must’ve been on the shitty old version of Sherdog’s forums or the UG. MMA Weekly, FCF and Fight Sport’s sites were where more logical fans were.

  • mamoru

    much like now, I didn’t do much foruming back then.
    I’m more talking about the front page writers than the fans.

    Shit, just listen to old sherdog radio shows.
    You’d think guys like Sherwood who came up covering WEC at the tachi palace and KOTC would know that guys like Leben and Sanchez weren’t scrubs, but apparently not.

    I still remember people being all excited about Leben possibly getting a shot at the UFC after the Doerkson loss and breaking Benji Radach’ face in half, but it’s like people forgot about all that shit once he pissed on that canadian dude’s bed.

  • Tanhauser

    Eh.. he just runs together with all the other TUF losers and douche bags.

    Lets face it TUF is just a way for the UFC to bring in casuals and has nothing to do with finding good fighters anymore.

  • P W

    Godzillad is spot on. Guys like Forrest and Diego had MMA careers BEFORE they got on TUF. They basically just needed exposure, not to be taught to be MMA fighters from the ground up. In the more recent seasons the “fighters” are green as hell (mixed with guys who really shouldn’t be there, like Roy Nelson and Mac Danzig). It’s a fucking mess.

  • Omomatta

    ^No fucking shit. It’s going to be pretty rare at this point that there aren’t going to be scrubs floating around TUF.

    Mac and Roy were there because if they wanted to fight in the UFC, they’d have to prove themselves in the house. Not every ringer won….see Muh Hammah.

  • DaddyPants

    he only won that season because he was the shiniest turd out of the bunch. there was no one in his weight class on the show that year that deserved to even be in the UFC.

    how long do you think Chris McKray is gonna last? from what i’ve seen he’s the weakest winner they’ve had yet. much worse then Escodero. he’s another guy who has a good tv personality, but he doesn’t have the skill level to compete in the UFC.

    remember when kendal grove said that Spike TV chose these people on the show and not Zuffa? if that is true (and it would explain the lack of talent and over abundance of “personalities” without the appropriate skill level) then it needs to stop. at this point i just fast forward to the fights, and even then i’m unimpressed with the crap they are pushing as worthy of being in the octagon. how are mainstream sports fans supposed to recognize the UFC as the major leagues of MMA if this is the skill level required to participate in the UFC? you wouldn’t see guys that couldn’t hack it in the CFL winning a reality show full of scrubs and then playing in the NFL, so why is it okay for the UFC. its a mixed signal they’re sending me.

  • FiveBoltMain

    ^ You’re going to hell for making fun of a deaf guy :P

    TUF used to be about finding up and coming fighters that the UFC could groom into stars. Now it’s more about drama than finding talent. That still doesn’t mean that they’re not finding good fighters who we wouldn’t know who they were if it wasn’t for the show. Manny is getting a title shot against Aldo, Bader looks like he might be legit (has to get past Little Nog first), and George Sotiropolus* is slowing moving up the 155 ranks.

  • frickshun

    This IS a surprising cut to me. The kid has some talent. And they didn’t even give him 1 last crack on an undercard. He must’ve seriously pissed them off.

  • dawgbone

    There’s also less appeal for a young, up and coming blue chipper to go to the TUF route.

    For one, the contract is a bit restrictive. You could go the TUF route and win (and get the restrictive contract), or you can make it through some of the regional shows and go via there.

    There are now a lot more regional shows, as well as more higher end promotions (Bellator, Strikeforce, etc…) where guys can make their money, make their name and make the jump into the UFC.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ TUF = more exposure which ultimately means more dollars (just ask chris leben)

    was going to make a snarky comment on how its bullshit to cut someone after they took a fight on short notice (he replaced mac danzig ironically enough) but then i remembered that oliveira took the fight on even shorter notice

  • P W

    ” … they’d have to prove themselves in the house.”

    Assuming you can actually prove you’re a high caliber fighter by being on TUF (the whole experience seems to test your ability to deal with living with idiots rather than your fighting capabilities), Mac and Roy had absolutely nothing left to prove at that point in their careers (as indicated by how they steamrolled everyone in their respective season).