UFC lightweight Efrain Escudero’s career has experienced its fair share of twists and turns over the last couple of years. After winning season eight of The Ultimate Fighter, the Mexican born, Arizona-based fighter was released from the promotion following a 3-2 run.

Rather than get down about the situation, Escudero put his head down and did everything he could to get back the promotion.

“It was crazy,” Escudero told The MMA Corner. “I kept pushing myself, trying to stay in the public eye. That’s why we booked fight after fight after fight.”

In just one year away from the promotion, the fighter took six fights, going 5-1. The stretch included bouts with Bellator Fighting Championships and Tachi Palace Fights and was enough to earn Escudero another shot at the UFC.

Escudero (top) (Scott Petersen/MMA Weekly)

“It kind of reminded me of when I made it on TUF,” he explained. ” It’s not always how good you are, it’s how bad you want it. The hard work paid off and eventually I was able to get back in there.”

However, his promotional return at UFC 141 against Jacob Volkmann didn’t go as planned. The wrestling stalwart repeatedly put Escudero on his back en route to a decision victory.

“That fight was really frustrating,” said Escudero. “I wanted to come out there and give the fans what they wanted to see. We were expecting him to come out and try to do the same. The UFC had told him if he wanted to move up the ranks that he needed to have finishes. I was expecting him swing and trade, but all he did was hold me down.”

Clearly down on the scorecards going into the final round against Volkmann, Escudero went for broke, trapping Volkmann in a power guillotine that nearly ended the fight.

“That’s what I trained for: to go until the bell rings,” the lightweight stated. “I was surprised that he found out how to get out of that submission because that’s how he was submitted in his last loss.”

Despite the loss, Escudero stock certainly did not fall. After all, he took the fight on just three weeks notice.

Escudero (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“There’s no excuses, I was in shape and ready to go,” an honest Escudero admitted. “Conditioning wise, I was fine, but putting together a game plan and preparing for a guy like Volkmann in that short amount of time is tough.”

With that fight behind him, Escudero is now slated to face another TUF winner in season five champ, Mac Danzig. The pair will lock horns at UFC 145 on April 21 from Philips Arena in Atlanta. It’s the type of fight that “Hecho en Mexico” is looking forward to.

“I see this being a really good fight,” said Escudero. “Mac Danzig is the complete opposite of Volkmann. He goes in there to scrap, I go in there to scrap, so fans can expect fireworks from both of us. He’s s good kickboxer, wrestler and has good jiu-jitsu.”

So, how does he see the fight going?

“I’ve been training for everything, and I’m ready wherever the fight goes,” the fighter declared.

Efrain would like to thank everyone that has supported him. You can follow him on Twitter @effyescudero.

Top Photo: Efrain Escudero (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

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