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Exclusive: A Few Words From Efrain Escudero

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Efrain Escudero is a 22-year-old Southwest MMA product who has built up a flawless 10-0 record fighting primarily in his home state of Arizona. Every Thursday morning, the TUF 8 lightweight will be blogging his reactions to each new episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir for There wasn’t much to discuss in last night’s episode — other than the fact that Efrain earned a spot in the house with a quick choke-out of Ido Pariente — but going forward, Efrain will give us the inside scoop about what happened on and off camera, and his experience living with 15 other crazy sons-a-bitches. To learn more about Efrain, check out


After sitting and waiting through all the other fights, I was getting very anxious to step into the cage and earn my spot into the house. As more and more fighters got their names called I had only one thing on my mind: WINNING. Sitting there, I started to think about my upcoming fight and I began to worry. I found out that I would be fighting out of the red corner. The red team’s coaches would help me warm up and would be cornering me throughout my fight. So the fights begin and I don’t know anybody there, I don’t know my corner men, so this is uncharted waters for me. But worrying is like a rocking chair — you can go back and forth but you won’t get anywhere — so I decided to start warming up for my fight.

Since my corner men were coaching fighters in the cage, I decided to hit the bag for a while, but I still didn’t feel like I was ready for the biggest fight of my life. I quit hitting the bag and started running to prepare myself and get focused. At this point I was stuck in my own world — I wasn’t even paying attention to the other fights going on. Next thing I know it’s my turn. Once I heard the cage door shut behind me, I knew there was no way I was walking out without earning a bed in that house.

A few minutes later I was walking out of the Octagon feeling like a million bucks because I know I’m going to the best place to be in the world. Being there while Dana was sending all the other fighters home was a crazy situation. I was sitting with a handful of guys who had their dreams crushed, who knew they might never get another opportunity like this. Looking around at the remaining guys I still had no clue about them and I couldn’t be happier. But enough about everybody else…it’s time to start training.

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Mr Valentine- December 15, 2008 at 11:12 am
Congratulation on your win!! Somerton pride!
MEXICAN PRIDE!- December 14, 2008 at 7:27 am
Soma Pride- October 7, 2008 at 4:14 am
Man your 1 of my heros.Im also from Somerton and one day I will make it to the ufc so you better win because I wanna fight you.
Anonymous- September 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm
What happened to the other comments?
TUF Fan- September 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm
Orale Efrain VIVA MEXICO!!!1!!! Show them that Mexicans have heart baby!
Remsaa- September 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm
The Truth- September 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm
Efrain is going to SMASH everyone

AZ all day
walrus- September 24, 2008 at 3:37 pm
Better writer than Gerald -- but then again Gerald was kind of strait up, and he wrote more; I like that.

But yea, after watching the episodes every week, I always look forward to the blog entries.
Vrax- September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm
I don't know if you read comments Efrain, but just in case, I'd like to say that you were very impressive last night, no sign of panic in bad positions, just solid and technical work. I look forward to seeing more of your fights!