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Escudero earns respect, UFC contract by defeating Nover

Originally Published: December 14, 2008
By Brian Knapp | Sherdog.com

Maybe it was Efrain Escudero who deserved the hype.

The undefeated Escudero (11-0) bested Phillipe Nover by unanimous decision to win the lightweight final at "The Ultimate Fighter 8" finale on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

All three judges sided with Escudero by matching 29-28 scores.

The 22-year-old Escudero grounded Nover (5-1-1) at will as he neutralized his striking advantage with multiple takedowns in all three rounds.

"I knew Phillipe ...

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