TUF 8 winner Wilks supports axing of TUF 9 winner Escudero

by Steven Marrocco
October 5, 2010

TUF 9 winner James Wilks said of the cutting of TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero that winning the reality show doesn't guarantee job security, and he supports the promotion's decision to ax fighters who under-perform.

"I don't think just because you won 'The Ultimate Fighter' you deserve any breaks," Wilks told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I think you should still perform just like anyone else has got to."

"If you're not winning your fights or the people don't want to watch you, then it's a business, and the UFC's got to make their decision. So I respect whatever decision they made."

"I've been really looking at my opponent's strengths, and working techniques against those. I'm watching all the footage, breaking it down in slow motion. Obviously, you don't get his whole arsenal of tools with his striking. You don't get to see everything he's got, but at least you get to see what he's done in past fights. We've been breaking it down, just working on those physical aspects and seeing what I need to do to counter those things."

"I've just got to keep a winning record so hopefully I can stay on board with them."

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