02-01-2010, 01:10 PM
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| | Efrain Escudero's elbow on the mend, UFC 114 bout with Dan Lauzon "only talk"
Efrain Escudero's elbow on the mend, UFC 114 bout with Dan Lauzon "only talk" | MMAjunkie.com
UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero, who was injured in a submission loss to Evan Dunham last month, will go undergo an MRI this week to determine when he can return to the cage. |
After the UFC Fight Night 20 co-main-event loss, Escudero, who initially refused to tap from the obviously painful submission, said his arm wasn't broken but that he suffered tendon damage.
And though a Twitter message from a Boston Herald reporter stated Escudero will fight Dan Lauzon at UFC 114, a source close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) the bout is "only talk" and merely a possibility – and that this week's MRI results will determine when Escudero can fight again.
Escudero (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), winner of the "The Ultimate Fighter 8," suffered his first career loss when Dunham submitted him. Escudero, who won the first round of the Jan. 11 fight, initially refused to tap from a rear-naked choke but finally relented when Dunham secured an armbar submission.
As MMAjunkie.com reported on Saturday, Lauzon (12-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) announced over the weekend that he'll fight on the UFC 114 card, which takes place May 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, though he didn't reveal an opponent. Whether he fights Escudero likely depends on what the doctors tell him this week.
Regardless, Lauzon looks for his first win in the UFC at UFC 114. Lauzon's first UFC loss came to Spencer Fisher in 2006 when "The Upgrade" was just 18 years old and set a record as the youngest fighter ever to compete in the UFC. After posting an eight-fight win streak outside the promotion, the 21-year-old earned an invitation back to the UFC in 2009 and dropped a submission loss to Cole Miller.
Escudero, who entered "TUF 8" with a 10-0 record, scored a unanimous decision win over Phillipe Nover to win the reality show, and he then showed off his quickly improving stand-up game in a TKO win over Miller. Prior to that victory, the 24-year-old had posted nine submission victories (and two decision wins) in his 11 pro victories.
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