Many people were picking Escudero to take the lightweight contract during TUF 8, although they quickly jumped ship and boarded the Phillipe Nover cruise line.
A bad judgment call by all means.
Escudero has garnered a perfect record of 11-0 in his brief career with a brick-solid foundation in wrestling.
He submitted each of his opponents on his way to the finale, which, if these fights would of counted towards his professional record, Escudero would of had 10 straight submission victories.
In the TUF 8 finale, Escudero squared off against fan-favorite Phillipe Nover, where Nover was the slight favorite to win.
Once again, Escudero used his wrestling to duck Nover's strikes and put him on his back. Escudero's transitions were too quick and his ground-and-pound too strong, to the point of Nover struggling for most of the match.
Escudero's weak points seem to be in his submission defense and his highly-telegraphed style.
If a world-class fighter like B.J. Penn were in the cage, Escudero would be looking at the toughest part of a fighter's career, his first lost.
But then again, that is why they train. At the age of 23, Escudero still has a long road ahead of him.