Winning the Ultimate Fighter season 8 was a great starting point for Efrain Escudero’s UFC career. Since walking away with the hardware in December of the 2008, the Mexican wrestler has amassed a 2-1 record.
He now looks to make a name for himself in the lightweight division when he does battle with Charles Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 22 in 5 days. Escudero touched on a plethora of topics yesterday during a conference call to promote his upcoming fight:
Q: What do you think about this fight against Charles.
A: I think it’s a great fight. You know, I think that it’s going to be an excellent fight. You know, I think he’s – you know, he – it’s his time to shine and all. He’s coming off of a good win, and he’s trying to move up the ladder. So for me, for us to step into the octagon, I think it’s going to be a real good fight.
Q: How do you feel your progression has come along since “The Ultimate Fighter”?
A: My progression has been great. You know, I started being a (solely wrestler), and then, you know, it’s been two years now, so I’ve been – I switched camps and everything, and I’ve been working a lot on my jujitsu, a lot on my jujitsu, my stand-up. I’ve been working a lot, you know, since “The Ultimate Fighter.” And I’ve been stuck at the gym. And, you know, it’s been showing throughout my fights, you know and I expect a good fight on September 15th.
Q: How do you feel since losing your first fight and how you think maybe that’s going to help your preparations in the future, kind of getting that first setback out of the way?
A: You know, I always told myself that when I fought, you know, I never put enough pressure – a lot of pressure on being undefeated and stuff, but being undefeated, man, puts a lot of pressure on you, always trying to be on top. And, you know, I always said I’d put records aside, but at the end, the bottom line is, you know, it actually does play a good role. And now that I got that first loss out of my way, you know, it’s one of those where I got caught making a mistake, you know. I blame it a lot on my cardio.
Q: What do you expect from your performance in this fight, what expectations are you setting for yourself, what kind of standards are you trying to meet as an MMA fighter?
A: You know, what expectations am I trying to meet? I’m trying to be the best expectations out there. You know, I want to – every time I step into the octagon, I want to do the – give the best fight out there and put the best performance out there. You know, I believe a lot on my training camp. We have worked really, extremely hard for this camp, you know? So I’m actually looking forward to this fight. You know, it’s my camp and, you know, we have done everything. You know, we have worked our jujitsu. We’ve worked on our wrestling. We’ve worked on our stand-up. We have worked on everything, you know? So, you know, this is MMA, and we’ve got to give – we’ve got to be on top of the world.