Ebersole (left) has not lost a fight since 2008.
Veteran Fighter Earns 11th Consecutive Victory on Friday Night
Veteran mixed martial artist Brian Ebersole (50-14-1) continued to prove that he belongs in the UFC on Friday night, garnering a unanimous decision win over a game TJ Waldburger (15-7) at Revel in Atlantic City. The victory was the fourth straight in the UFC for the Thailand native, who has not lost a fight since succumbing to new UFC middleweight Hector Lombard in 2008 at Cage Fighting Championships 5.
Waldburger landed the first big shot in this pairing when he dropped Ebersole in the opening frame. What then ensued was an incredible submission chess match in which Waldburger looked like he was close to getting his opposition out of there with a tightly applied choke hold, but Ebersole calmly removed himself from danger. The round then finished with an entertaining exchange of strikes from the stand-up, with Waldburger showing that he had no fear in battling Ebersole from his normally dominant Muay Thai clinch.
The second frame was one fought on the canvas, and an early scramble eventually resulted in top positioning for Ebersole. However, Waldburger appeared very comfortable on his back and looked for openings to counter the ground and pound attack he was enduring. If the points were at all in doubt heading into the waning seconds of the round, though, Ebersole made sure to pocket them by dealing a series of elbows just before the horn sounded.
Liking how it went down in the previous frame, Ebersole quickly returned the action to the ground in the final round. He then carefully looked for creases in the game of Waldburger, but the Texan was able to display some pretty solid submission defense. Once the frame headed into the final minute, Ebersole abandoned submission attempts, rather deciding to unload some ground and pound to make sure the points were again his.
The late reactions by Ebersole in the final two rounds turned out to be the correct ones when the judges revealed their opinions, and the veteran secured the unanimous decision victory after clearing flush 29-28s.
“I think I’ve proved I belong in the UFC,” Ebersole remarked. “The choke in the first round wasn’t that deep. I probably went red or purple, but I always do. He only had one side of my neck, and I could breath okay. I felt I took the final two rounds, but did you see the size of that guy? He was my size yesterday, but today he was too big for me. I’m going to try – try – to make 155 pounds. I think I should be at lightweight. If I stay away from bacon, I can make 155 pounds.”
At the post-fight press conference, Ebersole confirmed that he would indeed make a run in the lightweight division, something Clay Guida jokingly responded to by saying that he might consider dropping down to featherweight then.
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