by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
“The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir” winner Efrain Escudero suffered his first loss, to Evan Dunham via armbar at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., on Monday night, but did not suffer any broken bones in the submission loss.
Escudero posted on his official Twitter account that he got an x-ray on Tuesday and did not have a broken arm. He only suffered tendon damage.
Escudero got off to a quick start against Dunham, knocking the 28-year-old Oregon native down with a right hand in the first round, but found himself the victim of a submission transition in the final round that had even the seasoned fan cringing.
Dunham took Escudero’s back and quickly moved to a triangle choke, and when Escudero defended, locked down an arm and started cranking. Escudero did not tap out for several seconds and it looked as if the arm was broken.
Escudero immediately left the Octagon after the bout lending to speculation that the arm was severely damaged.
Escudero would like a rematch with the undefeated Dunham, posting, “expect and Evan vs. Efrain 2.” Taking his first loss in stride, he stated, “I’m not puttin my head down at all. I’m gonna come back stronger quote my words!”