Efrain Escudero

The Daily Recap: UFC 141 PPV Buys Estimated at 750,000, Two UFC Vets to Bellator & More

Brock Lesnar. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released an estimate of pay-per-view buys for last weekend's UFC 141 event, which was headlined by Alistair Overeem sending Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO win. According to Meltzer, the official number of buys hovers somewhere in between the 750,000 and 810,000 mark, which is good news for the UFC since it has been a down year in sales. Meltzer also added that if the event took place on New Year's Eve, buys could have exceeded one million. [Bloody Elbow via F4W]

— UFC veterans Brian Foster and Jon Madsen have both reportedly been booked to participate in Bellator's upcoming respective welterweight and heavyweight tournaments later this year. Foster will participate in an eight-man 170 lb tourney starting in March while Madsen is expected to be a contender in a field of heavyweights in the second half of 2012. [Sherdog & MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: TUF 14 Finale Averages 2.5. Million Viewers, Escudero Returns to UFC & More

Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale averaged 2.5. million viewers this past Saturday night, the last "TUF" finale that will air on Spike TV before the reality series shifts over to FX in 2012. The event also earned a household rating of 1.7, as well as ratings of 2.4 and 2.9 in the male 18-49 and 18-34 demographics, making it the highest-rated program on ad-supported cable in that age range. [Spike]

— With T.J. Grant sidelined due to injury, "TUF" season eight lightweight Efrain Escudero will return to the UFC to take on Jacob Volkmann in at UFC 141 on December at the 30 MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Escudero was abruptly released from the UFC after posting a 2-2 record, becoming only the second "TUF" winner to be released at the time. Since then, he has won five of six in regional promotions. [UFC.com]

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Weekend Results: Escudero & Escovedo Win, Illegal Knee Dooms Irvin

Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.

"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.

Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.

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Escudero Blasts Miller in UFC 103 Prelims

Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero kept his perfect record intact on Saturday night, scoring a devastating first-round stoppage of fellow “TUF” alumnus and skilled grappler Cole Miller during the preliminary portion of UFC 103.

Both Escudero and Miller opted to spend the first couple minutes of their Spike TV-televised attraction feeling each other out on the feet. Miller used a substantial reach advantage to land a number of jabs and stiff right hands while Escudero timed some of Miller’s leg kicks and put Miller on the mat on two separate occasions.

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UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.

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UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort Prelims to Air Live on Spike TV

Spike TV has officially announced that it will air a portion of UFC 103’s undercard live and commercial-free on Saturday, September 19 at 9 PM EST.

“Providing an action-packed UFC pay-per-view, live and commercial free to our viewers on both coasts, further illustrates Spike TV and the UFC’s commitment to its fans,” Spike TV president Kevin Kay said to UFC.com.


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Fight Announcements: Escudero vs. Miller Set for Sept, Riley and Nelson to Rematch & More

Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 22, 2009.

— “Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero will fight for the first time since defeating fellow castmate Phillipe Nover at the “Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale in December against American Top Team member Cole Miller at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 103 event in September. Escudero announced the bout during a recent Q&A session with fans on his official website on Tuesday. [MMA Madness]

— A rematch between seasoned veteran Aaron Riley and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Shane Nelson has reportedly been booked to take place at UFC 101, which takes place on August 8 in Philadelphia. Riley and Nelson originally met at UFC 96 in March, where Nelson defeated Riley via TKO in just 44 seconds following a controversial stoppage by referee Rick Fike. UFC President Dana White promised a rematch between the two following the event, and has obviously delivered. [MMA Weekly]

— A lightweight bout between undefeated prospects Matt Veach and Evan Dunham has reportedly been agreed upon by both fighters to take place at UFC 102, which is expected to take place on August 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Veach was impressive in his UFC debut back in February, scoring a minor upset of wrestler Matt Grice while Dunham recently scored a first-round TKO of Per Eklund at UFC 95. [Five Ounces of Pain]

Fight Announcements: Tibau-Stephens, Marshall-Ciesnolevicz & More

Gleison Tibau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Quite a few recently reported fights, at least regarding the UFC, have popped up over the last day or so. Here they are:

- With Efrain Escudero out of action after sustaining a rib injury during a recent training session, Gleison Tibau has stepped in to face Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. Since Escudero will no longer be featured on the card, the bout has been bumped down to the preliminary portion and a lightweight bout between Tyson Griffin and Rafael dos Anjos has been moved to the main card. [UFC.com]

- A late addition to the UFC’s return to Canada next month is expected to be light heavyweight bout between Eliot Marshall and Mike Ciesnolevicz. Bout agreements will reportedly be signed shortly. It will be the second fight in three months for Ciesnolevicz, who submitting Neil Grove in his UFC debut at UFC 95 in February. The fight should be part of the event’s non-televised preliminary action. [MMA Weekly]

- International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn will attempt to keep his five-fight undefeated streak alive when he faces UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20. Other fights expected to take place at the event include lightweight battles between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida as well as Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz. [Five Ounces of Pain]

- Rising “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Tim Credeur will reportedly return to action at April 1st’s UFC Fight Night 18 against Nick Catone, who has had trouble finding an opponent that will actually come out of a training camp healthy. It will supposedly be one of the eight preliminary bouts on the card. [MMA Weekly]

TUF 8 Finale Lineup Set

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Cast.  Photo property of the UFC.

The full lineup for the Finale of the Ultimate Fighter 8 reality series has been set.  The live telecast will be on SpikeTV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 13 at 9:00pm EST.  There are five fights set for the broadcast at this time.  In what may be a first in a long time, all 16 participants who competed while living in the TUF house will be on the card.

Main Card
Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover for the TUF 8 lightweight finale
Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes for the TUF 8 light heavyweights finale
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

Preliminary Card
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
John Polakowski vs. Rolando Delgado