Former “Ultimate Fighter” season 8 winner Efrain Escudero has signed a multi-fight deal with Shine Fights to compete in their lightweight division.
The Arizona fighter was recently released from the UFC, which was a shock to Escudero himself, but he will pick himself up and jump into the Shine Fights 155lb division. A date for Escudero’s debut has not been announced at this time.
“I’m very excited to have Efrain sign on with us,” said Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers. “I have tremendous confidence in his abilities, and look forward to seeing him make waves in our growing lightweight division.”
Escudero left the UFC after going 3-2 for the promotion and winning the 8th season of the Spike TV reality show. Picking up wins over fighters like Cole Miller and Dany Lauzon, Escudero was a top prospect in the lightweight division just months ago, but a loss to Charles Oliveira coupled with missing weight for the fight may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Now signing with Shine Fights, Escudero is hopeful to get back to top form and make a run towards a title.
“Going to Shine is the first step to becoming a world champion,” Escudero said. “As far as my career goes, things happen, and I don’t live in the past. I’m excited to get this show in the road. Shine, here I come!”
Escudero has actually been training with Shine Fights lightweight Grand Prix winner Drew Fickett, along with other fighters in Arizona. The former “Ultimate Fighter” winner will next compete on Nov 19 in a local show in Yuma, Ariz. before moving on to make his Shine Fights debut.
Efrain Escudero will also make a special appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Wednesday night to talk about his new deal with Shine Fights. Tune in at 9pm ET/6pm PT.