Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira is featured fight at UFC’s first-ever Austin, TX event

efrain escuderoUFC Fight Night Live now features a battle between rising stars in the lightweight division as “The Ultimate Fighter” Season Eight winner Efrain “Hecho En Mexico” Escudero faces off against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will also feature an explosive main event for UFC Fight Night, as Nate “The Great” Marquardt takes on surging middleweight Rousimar Palhares. This fight will surely entertain the fans of Austin, as both fighters are legitimate contenders in the middleweight division. This event will be live from the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday, September 15, and much like the Lone Star State, it will prove it isn’t anything to mess with.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday, September 15 are $30, $50, $75, $125 and $185 and are ON SALE NOW at all Texas Box Office outlets including select H-E-B stores, Ft. Hood ITR and Renaissance Records in Killeen, by phone at 512-477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at TexasBoxOffice.com. Convenience charges may apply. All information is subject to change. Suites at the Frank Erwin Center provide a unique environment to entertain your clients, family and friends.  For more information, call 512-471-4713 or email suites@erwin.utexas.edu.

With over 40 professional fights under his belt, Nate “The Great” Marquardt (fighting out of Denver, Colo./32-9-2) is a very experienced fighter, as well as a former No.1 contender for the middleweight championship. The native of Wyoming has won three of his last four fights in impressive fashion. A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Marquardt has used his fists more recently, scoring KO wins over Demain Maia, Wilson Gouveia and Martin Kampmann. A victory over Rousimar Palhares will catapult Marquardt back to the upper echelon of the division.

The winner of three consecutive fights in the UFC, Rousimar Palhares (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/20-2) has made quite the name for himself with his submission skill-set. The two most recent victories of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt have come by way of submission, highlighted by a nasty heel hook at UFC 111 that finished off Tomasz Drwal. An impressive professional MMA record has prepared Palhares for the best competition in the UFC and he has yet to disappoint. One more victory will increase the buzz around the middleweight division that the native of Brazil is nothing to mess with.

Winner of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Efrain “Hecho en Mexico” Escudero (fighting out of Tempe, Ariz./14-1) is coming off a unanimous decision victory against Dan Lauzon at UFC 114. The Mexican-born fighter has won three out of four in the UFC, largely in part because of his All-American college wrestling pedigree. With an impressive knockout victory over Cole Miller at UFC 103, the 24-year-old is now blending his wrestling and striking and is becoming a dangerous opponent for anyone at 155 lbs.

A relative unknown to UFC fans a couple months ago, unbeaten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (fighting out of Houston, Texas / 13-0) came blasting out of the gate in his UFC debut on August 1st, as he earned Submission of the Night honors when he forced Darren Elkins to tap out to an armbar in just 41 seconds. Now looking to thrill fight fans once again, the 20-year old native of Sao Paulo takes on his toughest test to date.

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