Once-paralyzed Cole Escovedo signed by Strikeforce, debuts Nov. 6

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9/18/09 11:45:53AM
Former World Extreme Cagefighting fighter Cole Escovedo (12-4), who missed nearly three years of competition because of an infection that led to temporary paralysis, has been booked for Strikeforce's Nov. 6 show.

Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fighter's recent signing and event booking, though an opponent has not been determined.

The Nov. 6 Strikeforce event, part of the organization's "Strikeforce Challengers" series, takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on Showtime.

Escovedo made his pro debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 12 fights (seven via triangle choke) competing primarily for the WEC. The fighter had quickly become of the 145-pound division's most promising prospects, and the 28-year-old fighter even won the WEC's first-ever featherweight title.

However, after a stretch of three losses to notables Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver and Antonio Banuelos in 2006, Escovedo suffered a serious staph infection that ultimately left him partially paralyzed below his waist. The infection began in his arm, and after a misdiagnosis from multiple doctors, eventually spread to his spine.

After surgery and a couple years of physical therapy and training, Escovedo made a triumphant return to competition this past May. At Palace Fighting Championships 13, he defeated Michael McDonald via second-round TKO. The fight marked his debut in the 135-pound bantamweight division.

9/18/09 4:35:25PM
Sweet, glad he is better now. The fighter he beat was pretty decent too..Michael MacDonald was 7-0 before he fought Cole.
9/19/09 3:59:39PM
Good for Cole, good come from behind story. Truely inspirational.
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