TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero returns vs. prospect Jeremy Larsen at Rage in the Cage 148
For the first time in four years Arizona fighter Efrain Escudero (14-2) will fight under the Rage in the Cage banner. The UFC's Ultimate Fighter season eight lightweight winner, Escudero will be opposed by 21 year old Phoenix prospect Jeremy Larsen (6-1). Rage in the Cage 148 goes down on Saturday January 29th at the Wild Horse Pass Casino.
In December 2008 Escudero captured the Ultimate Fighter season eight tournament crown with a decision win over Phillipe Nover. The 29 year old Arizona native would go a respectable 2-2 over his next four bouts before being released by the UFC in September 2010. Escudero last saw in cage action at Desert Rage 8 in November 2010 where he quickly submitted Alfredo Martinez in the night's main event.
Escudero is 7-0 fighting for Arizona's original fight promotion, Rage in the Cage. Now training at the MMA Lab in Glendale, AZ Escudero will look to stack a few more wins together as he works his way back to a national MMA organization in 2011.
A lightweight and welterweight competitor Larsen will provide a stiff test for Escudero. Larsen has put away five of his six opponents on the local Arizona fight scene. Larsen turned pro when he was 18 and the lone blemish on his record came at the hands of UFC and WEC veteran Edgar Garcia back in December 2007. With an upset victory Larsen will immediately throw his hat into the ring as one of the better prospects to come out of Arizona in 2011.
In the co-main event five star flyweight prospect Danny Martinez (13-4) will take on 19 year Aldo Escudero (1-1). Martinez will look to bounce back after a decision loss at the hands of world number one ranked 125 pounder Jussier da Silva. For Martinez the three round bout was his first at 125 pounds. Martinez checks in at number eight in the ULTMMA50: a pound for pound ranking of the top 50 prospects in MMA.
Rage in the Cage 148
Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Larsen
Danny Martinez vs. Aldo Escudero
Doug Moore vs. Derithe Harper
Jade Porter vs. Ruben Gonzales
Jacob Devree vs. RJ Gamez
Shannon Ritch vs. Scott Guenther
Joceyln Lybarger vs. Diana Fowles
Cliff Starks vs. Jesse Varela
Kelley Oser vs. Eddie Battross
William Cerrone vs. Mike Heidenreich
Alex Nogan vs. Justin Purcell
Derek Collier vs. Jacob Laikona
David Keene vs. Jeff Lewis
Sam Yank vs. Joey Miolla
Chad Lehr vs. Desmond Squires
Dave Nuzzo vs. Krys Ruesch-Beem
Nick Stamas vs. Jonathan Rivera
Bobby Tinney vs. Saul Castro
Marcelo Castaneda vs. Allan DeCastro
Jerry Friestad vs. Danny Bascom
Tony Ortega vs. Chris Kirk