Efrain Escudero chokes out Alfredo Martinez at Desert Rage in his first fight outside of the UFC
The Cocopah Casino in Yuma, Arizona hosted the eight edition of Desert Rage. The Grand Canyon state based promotion made headlines by inking former Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Efrain Escudero (14-2) to a one fight deal. In his comeback bout Escudero was matched-up with Alfredo Martinez (1-1).
The former UFC lightweight prospect, Escudero skipped the majority of the feeling out process and dropped Martinez with a takedown in round one. On top of Martinez, Escudero passed to the mount position where he attacked his opponent's head with a barrage of punches.
Escudero's attacking style from the mount position forced Martinez to give up his back. The end of Martinez's night came with a strong rear naked choke submission finish from Escudero just 1:14 in round one.
Escudero is now 3-2 in his last five fights and left the Octagon with a 3-2 record as well. Escudero recently signed a three fight deal with Florida's Shine Fight promotions and is expected to make his debut for the company in the first quarter of 2011.
On the undercard another former UFC lightweight got back in the swing of things as Shannon Gugerty (13-6) got back in the win column with a first round choke out of Roscoe Jackson (1-4). Two under 145 pound prospects were also in action as Tyler Bialecki (7-3) and Yaotzin Meza picked up key victories.
A 21 year old bantamweight, Bialecki slipped on a slick dacre choke submission in less than 90 seconds on Nate Rochna (0-2). Meza, an Arizona based featherweight, outpointed Nick Piedmont (2-1) over the course of three rounds for his third straight victory overall.
Desert Rage VIII results
Forest Mudge def. Jim Kechely by Ref Stoppage 1:40 R1
Jose Carbajal def. Derek Dunaway by TKO 4:17 R1
Karl Tyler def. Anthony Tobin by TKO 0:59 R1
Alex Garcia def. Danny Affleje by Ref Stoppage 1:49 R1
Josh Vandenburg def. Robert Hunsperger by TKO 1:32 R2
Yaotzin Meza def. Nick Piedmont by Unanimous Decision
Tyler Bialecki def. Nate Rochna by Submission Darce Choke 1:23 R1
Shannon Gugerty def. Roscoe Jackson by Submission Rear Naked Choke 4:59 R1
Efrain Escudero def. Alfredo Martinez by Submission Rear Naked Choke 1:14 R1