Efrain Escudero will seek his third straight win against Ashe
Bowman. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Escudero will compete in his home country for the first time
since winning the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” when he
takes on Ashe Bowman
in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 8.
The lightweight contest is set to headline the debut event from
Tijuana-based promotion XCage,
which takes place at Fausto Gutierrez Moreno Municipal Auditorium.
The card’s co-main event features UFC and WEC veteran Edgar
Garcia taking on hometown favorite Edwin “El
Tigre” Aguilar in a middleweight tilt.
Nicknamed “Hecho en Mexico” (“Made in Mexico”), Escudero was born
in the border city of San Luis Rio Colorado in 1986. The
25-year-old has fought in Mexico only once during his professional
career, defeating Tommy
Wagner in February 2008 to run his record to 10-0 shortly
before joining the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
After winning the reality show’s lightweight tournament that
December with a unanimous decision against Phillipe
Nover, Escudero alternated wins and losses, besting Cole Miller
Lauzon, while being submitted by Evan Dunham
Oliveira. Following the loss to Oliveira in September, a bout
for which Escudero failed to make weight, the
MMA Lab representative was released by the UFC.
Since that time, Escudero has notched back-to-back submission wins
Larsen and Alfredo
Martinez in local Arizona promotions. He is also slated to meet
fellow UFC vet Fabricio
Camoes on May 6 at Tachi
Palace Fights 9 in Lemoore, Calif.
Bowman, 34, has not fought since December 2009 and will look to
halt a three-fight losing skid. A pupil of Ken Shamrock,
Bowman’s highest-profile bout came in September 2008, when he faced
then-Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson
in a non-title affair at the Playboy
Mansion. Bowman suffered a first-round technical knockout to
“The Punk,” one of only two TKO losses on his 9-8 professional
ledger. Six of Bowman’s nine victories have come by way of