Lightweights Mac Danzig and Efrain Escudero are both among the select group of individuals who know what it feels like to hoist an Ultimate Fighter trophy up above his head. They’re also both familiar with the uneasy feeling of being in a “must win” position despite any past success, each having lost his last outing and in general struggling to win consistently in the Octagon.

Now, according to the UFC, the two 155ers will face off in Montreal on March 24 with the loser almost certainly on the chopping block as part of a UFC 145 lineup lacking a headliner thus far but full of intriguing undercard bouts.

Escudero made his return to the infamous eight-sided cage last weekend at UFC 141 where he was outpointed by Jacob Volkmann. Prior to the bout he had done a six-fight stint in smaller organizations after originally being released in late 2010 due to performance/attitude issues. The 25-year old holds an overall record of 18-4 with twelve submissions to his credit as well as notable wins against Dan Lauzon and Cole Miller.

A Closer Look at Escudero's Loss to Volkmann

Though Danzig has been part of the UFC roster since taking home the TUF 6 title in 2007 he’s only come away with his hand raised three times since while dropping four (technically five counting the referee’s errant decision to stop action in a fight against Matt Wiman). This will be the second time the 20-9-1 Danzig has fought a fellow TUF champ, knocking out Joe Stevenson in a scrap at UFC 124.

In addition to Danzig-Escudero UFC 145 is also slated to feature Wiman vs. Mark Bocek, Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, and Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell.


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