Fresh off the first loss of his career in January, The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero will return to action at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas against fellow lightweight Dan Lauzon, who seeks his first win inside the Octagon after an 0-2 start to his UFC career.
Lauzon announced Saturday that he’d be fighting at UFC 114, while the Boston Herald’s Dan Duggan reported Escudero as his opponent on Sunday.
Following back-to-back losses, including his UFC debut to Spencer Fisher in 2006, Lauzon (12-3) rebounded to win eight-straight before falling to Cole Miller at UFC 108 in January.
Escudero (13-1) began his MMA career with a 9-0 mark before appearing on TUF 8 and defeating Phillipe Nover to win the 155-pound tourney. He then went on to topple Miller in September before suffering a third-round submission to Even Dunham at UFC Fight Night 20 last month. After refusing to tap to the armbar, Escudero suffered “messed up” tendons (not a broken arm as originally speculated) but should be able to return in May.
UFC 114, which airs live on pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay Events Center, coinsides with the second UFC Fan Expo and is expected to feature former light heavyweight champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans.
Pictured: Efrain Escudero