Outside of a heel-hook submission attempt that damaged former Ultimate Fighter winner Mac Danzig's ankle, Efrain Escudero looked uninspired in losing a decision over three rounds during the UFC 145 preliminary bouts.
The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 all for Danzig, who picks up his fifth UFC victory while Escudero falls to 0-2 in his last two fights, both of which came inside the Octagon.
The bout was fought at a slower-than-expected pace for the majority of 15 minutes, and with Danzig having a damaged ankle, he showed plenty of heart in doing what he could to secure the victory.
The first round was the closest of the three, but it was all Danzig in the second and third rounds, which secured the victory for the 32-year-old.
Escudero made his return to the UFC last year when he lost a unanimous decision to Jacob Volkmann at UFC 141.
With another loss, Escudero may find himself getting cut from the roster. If the UFC decides to give him another fight, it could come against the loser of Cody McKenzie and Aaron Riley, which goes down at the next UFC on Fuel TV card.
Tonight's pay-per-view event will be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who will be taking on a former teammate in "Sugar" Rashad Evans, who is a former champion and currently riding a four fight win-streak.
Both have been hyping the fight since last year when Jones replaced Evans against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and defeated him in the third round to win the title and become the youngest UFC champion.
Since his win over Rua, Jones has defeated Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson to seal off what was one of the more impressive years of a mixed martial artist.
Other bouts on the card include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Torres, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. John Alessio.
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