Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero has finally found a new place to call home after receiving his somewhat-surprising release from the UFC in mid-September. Though speculation on his future seemed to focus on Escudero’s likely signing with Strikeforce or Bellator, it turns out upstart promotion Shine Fights has swooped in and inked the 24-year old to a deal.
News of the transaction was made public in an official release from the promotion, as well as confirmed by Escudero himself on his website.
“I have made my move and signed a contract with Shine Fighting Promotions and will be making my debut in the near future. I want to thank all the organizations both small and huge from all over the world who expressed interest in me but after meeting with my managers and my team and having time on my own to think about it we determined this was my best choice for my career at this point,” said Escudero of the move.
“I want to thank the fans first and foremost for sticking with me throughout all of the obstacles that have been thrown my way and for those who never lost faith in me,” he continued. “Now we got a new home and we are coming to be the top fighter there and prove it to the world. It’s time to take care of business like I know I can!!!”
Shine Fights recently gained notoriety for a single-night, lightweight tournament the organization held in September with Drew Fickett eventually emerging as the last man standing.
Escudero is 13-2 in his career but fallen by way of submission in two of his last three bouts. In addition to having won TUF 8, his most-notable career victory came at UFC 103 when he delivered a first-round TKO against Cole Miller.