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.
UFC veteran James Irvin was well on his way to a much-needed victory before he was called for an illegal knee by special guest referee Ken Shamrock during his featured attraction against Mike Crisman in Irvin's return to Gladiators Challenge, where he started off as a professional.
Using cageside instant replay, officials were able to determine that Irvin did indeed strike Crisman with a knee while Crisman was still considered a grounded opponent. Crisman was unable to continue and the fight was ruled a no-contest.
Jordan Mein upset Joe Riggs via TKO from strikes towards the end of the second round of their clash at Wreck MMA's "Strong and Pound" event in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
Also victorious on the card were UFC veteran Kalib Starnes and Mark Holst, who announced his retirement following a submission over Markhaile Wedderburn.
One-time UFC lightweight Diego Saraiva scored a come-from-behind submission win over Joe Elmore at Wild Bill's Fight Night 33. Multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion Vinny Magalhaes submitted Damien Knight in the headlining bout at another MMA Xplosion offering in Las Vegas. "TUF 10" contestant Mike Wessell fell to heavyweight prospect Scott Barrett via KO from punches at Tennessee's Sportfight X show.