Escudero-Dober, Benitez-Collard Added to UFC 188 Lineup in Mexico City

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 28, 2015
Efrain Escudero will return to his homeland at UFC 188. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

Two more matchups have been added to the UFC 188 bill, as Efrain Escudero will meet Drew Dober at lightweight, while Gabriel Benitez takes on Clay Collard at featherweight.

The Las Vegas-based promotion recently announced the bouts. UFC 188 takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City and is headlined by a heavyweight title tilt between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.

The winner of Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Escudero earned his first Octagon triumph in more than four years at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Thatch,” where he captured a unanimous verdict against Rodrigo Goiana de Lima. Escudero will also coach opposite Kelvin Gastelum on the second iteration of “TUF: Latin America.”

Dober recently had a controversial loss to Leandro Silva at UFC Fight Night “Maia vs. LaFlare” changed to a no contest by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA). Prior to that bout, the 26-year-old Nebraskan scored his first UFC triumph with a first-round submission of Jamie Varner on Dec. 13.

Benitez, who competed on the inaugural season of “TUF: Latin America,” was successful in his first Octagon foray, as he submitted Humberto Brown Morrison at UFC 180. “Moggly” is 17-4 in his pro career, with 15 triumphs inside the distance.

After dropping an entertaining duel to Max Holloway in his promotional debut last August, the 22-year-old Collard returned to the win column with a decision win over Alex White at UFC 181.


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