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Efrain Escudero says next fight will be vs. Cole Miller at UFC 103

According to a report by, Efrain Escudero announced during an exclusive chat on his official web site that his first fight back from injury is expected to take place at the yet-to-be announced UFC 103 event this coming September.

Escudero is claiming that his opponent will be Cole Miller, who improved to 15-3 after recording a first round submission over Junie Browning at UFC Fight Night 18 earlier this month. Neither the UFC or Miller has confirmed the possible bout vs. Escudero.

Escudero, the lightweight winner of the eight season of The Ultimate Fighter, had been slated to appear on the same card as the Miller vs. Browning bout. However, he was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout vs. Jeremy Stephens after suffering an injury while training.

A former NJCAA All-American wrestler, Escudero has not competed since winning the 155 pound TUF 8 finals during the show’s live season finale held in Las Vegas on Dec. 13. Facing Phillipe Nover, Escudero took the lightweight crown courtesy of a unanimous decision.

Miller trains out of American Top Team and is a veteran from the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He is currently 4-1 while competing under the UFC banner and in addition to Browning also holds notable wins over Jorge Gurgel, Andy Wang, and Leonard Garcia.

  • sven says:

    Bad match up for Efrain. Cole should have the better stand up and he’s just as dangerous from his back if Mr Escudero decides to take him down.

  • Randy Lyken says:

    You gotta like Efrain Escudero for saying that he will fight Cole Miller. I think this fight will go two or possibly three rounds and may the best fighter win!

  • sven says:

    Yeah this is the toughest debut for a TUF champ yet I would say.

    Amir having to fight Johnny Hendricks is pretty tough as well though.

  • Bullylover says:

    Got to give this one to Cole. he has the reach,stand-up,& experiance advantages. hopefully his recovered injury won’t affect him to bad. after this fight should cole win, he should be facing contenders like griffin or guida. Those would be some pretty interesting bouts.


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