On Saturday, May 11, UFC veteran and Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Efrain Escudero will make his first trip to Brazil to take on vale tudo legend Jorge “Macaco” Patino at Max Sport 13.2

Escudero has fallen on tough times over the last 18 months, losing three straight bouts, including two inside the UFC Octagon. The Arizona-based fighter will look to get back in the win column against the always dangerous and well-traveled Brazilian.

Prior to the weigh-ins in São Paulo, Escudero spoke with The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian about the upcoming title fight and the prospects of fighting in Brazil.

What are you thoughts on this fight?

“I’m excited. I’m coming in as a foreigner and fighting someone like Macaco. He’s a legend in Brazil. I like the pressure of being the underdog. I’m going to go out there and look for a strong performance.”

How will your UFC experience help you?

“I’ve been through it all. I’ve faced some of the top guys in the world. I train with UFC champion Benson Henderson every day. Coming into this fight, there’s nothing that Macaco can bring to the table that I haven’t already seen.”

How do you feel about fighting in Brazil?

“I’ve always wanted to come to Brazil. I’m really excited and looking forward to it. The people have been fun and this is a great organization. Max Sport has given me everything I’ve asked for. This is a title fight so I’m excited to go out there, have a good performance and come back to fight again.”

For more information about the event, visit the promotion’s website and follow Escudero on Twitter: @effyescudero.

Photo: Efrain Escudero (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.