According to a report by MMAMadness.com, 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.