Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero has been re-signed by the UFC after spending a little more than a year on the regional circuit where he picked up five wins in six bouts. The 25-year old was unceremoniously cut from the roster after losing to Charles Oliveira at UFN 22 despite a winning record inside the Octagon. However, rather than performance, his release was largely due to external factors including having missed weight by a large margin against Oliveira.

The UFC has confirmed 18-3 Escudero’s first assignment for his second run in the organization will take place on December 30 when he takes on Jacob Volkmann at UFC 141. Volkmann was originally scheduled to square off against T.J. Grant who withdrew from the bout due to an undisclosed injury.

Volkmann holds an overall record of 13-2 and is on a four-fight winning streak including decision victories over Paul Kelly, Antonio McKee, and most recently Danny Castillo. He also garnered some attention in 2010 for challenging Barack Obama to a fight, a statement ultimately leading to him being suspended from his high school coaching gig and a visit from the Secret Service.

UFC 141 features a main event between heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem with the winner walking away with a title-shot. Other bouts on the card include Johny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch and Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz.


MMATraining Take: I guess Escudero’s deal with Bellator was of the one-and-done variety since he fought for them in October. Regardless, his return to the UFC makes sense with a 5-1 record since receiving a pink-slip, especially when considering his free agency was a matter of getting his personal life together more than his professional one.