Ultimate Fighter season 8 winner Efrain Escudero was surprisingly cut from the UFC following a loss to Charles Oliveira back in September, leaving him 3-2 in the promotion.
Today it was announced that the 24 year-old has now secured his immediate future by signing a deal with upstart promotion Shine Fights.
“I’m very excited to have Efrain sign on with us,” Shine Fights COO Jason Chambers stated. “I have tremendous confidence in his abilities and look forward to seeing him make waves in our growing lightweight division.”
“Going to Shine is the first step to becoming a world champion,” Escudero said of his new deal. “As far as my career goes, things happen, and I don’t live in the past. I’m excited to get this show in the road. Shine, here I come.”
Shine Fights showed it’s commitment to the 155lb division in September when it put on a one-night lightweight tournament on pay-per-view which was eventually won by Drew Fickett.
The young promotion is far from the most stable organization that Escudero could have opted to sign for however. Due to both bad luck and perhaps also bad planning their first attempt at a PPV event in May headlined by former UFC fighter Din Thomas and boxer Ricardo Mayorga was canceled on the night of the fight while fans were still finding their seats.
September’s lightweight tournament was also at risk of being canceled after licensing troubles meant that the venue had to be changed to an entirely different state just days before the event was set to take place.
Shine Fights are determined to put those troubles behind them though, and are set to reveal 15 new fighters to their roster in the coming days. They are planning to put together their next event in the first quarter of 2011, this time focusing on single fights rather than a tournament format.