Attention Goes to UFC 127 Drama, but Praise Belongs With Brian Ebersole

By Mike Chiappetta

Let’s put the UFC 127 controversy and arguments away for a little while, just long enough to celebrate someone deserving of some praise. Can we do that? I mean, it’s easy to focus on the negative, but shouldn’t we give equal time to the people who beat the odds? That’s why we watch sports, isn’t it? To watch people win, to overcome obstacles, and celebrate the triumph of the human will.

We get enough negativity in this lifetime from the regular news, yet in the sports world, the victory of Brian Ebersole is buried under the headlines of Michael Bisping spitting, and the disputed draw between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch.

Ebersole was never going to have an easy time stealing the limelight from those guys. Despite a career spent in the trenches, he was not well known by anyone other than the hardest of the hardcore fans. Walking in to his fight with Chris Lytle, Ebersole was a major underdog, particularly fighting on short notice as a replacement for the injured Carlos Condit.

But Ebersole performed brilliantly under the adverse conditions. He frustrated Lytle with his unconventional style, hurt him badly with a flush knee to the chin, and stifled most of Lytle’s considerable offensive skills.

When it was all said and done, Ebersole — a self-proclaimed MMA journeyman who had fought in places far and wide, from Australia to South Africa to Japan to Mexico — had his first UFC win at the age of 30.

 

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Brian Ebersole Shocks Chris Lytle for Cinderella Upset

By Kid Nate

Brian Ebersole waited ten years to make his UFC debut but only took three rounds to shock UFC regular Chris Lytle at UFC 127. Ebersole, a huge underdog took all three judges cards, 29-28 (x 2) and 30-27.

Ebersole opened the fight with a very unconventional and awkward carosel kick attempt that Lytle largely blocked. Lytle countered with a hard right hand. Ebersole shot in but Lytle easily stuffed it. Then he clinched and Lytle worked over Ebersole’s body. Ebersole shot in again and Lytle went for a guillotine but Ebersole reversed. Lytle then got top position as Ebersole worked his own choke attempt. Ebersole then got top position as a bleeding Lytle went after his neck. Lytle then went for a knee bar. Ebersole then landed some vicious ground and pound to end the round. Just before the round ended, Ebersole stood and spun his finger in the air in a dismissive gesture.

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UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch – Quick Results

Event: UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch
Date: February 26th, 2011
Location: Acer Arena, Sydney Australia

Event Bonuses ($75,000)
Fight of the night: Chris Lytle vs Brian Ebersole
KO of the night: Mark Hunt
Submission of the night: Kyle Noke
Attendance: 18,186
Gate: $3.5m

Main Card
Jon Fitch vs. BJ Penn Majority Draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Michael Bisping def. Jorge Rivera via TKO (Strikes) 1:54 Rd2
Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos via Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-28,30-27)
Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
Kyle Noke def. Chris Camozzi via Submission (RNC) 1:35 Rd1

ION TV Preliminary Card
Ross Pearson def. Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision (30-27,29-28×2)
Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via Submission (RNC) 4:27 Rd1
Nick Ring def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3) – JUDGES SUCK!

Facebook Prelims
Anthony Perosh def. Tom Blackledge via Submission (RNC) 2:45 Rd1
Tie Quan Zhang def. Jason Reinhardt via Submission (Guillotine) 0:48 Rd1

Non-Televised Prelims
Mark Hunt def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (Strikes) 1:41 Rd2
Curt Warburton def. Maciej Jewtuszko via Unanimous Decision (29-28×3)

Admin Notes:
– Riki Fukuda beat Nick Ring.  He was then robbed by the judges in the worst decision I have seen this year.
– Jon Fitch clearly won the fight. I had it 29-28 for Fitch.

Notes:
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UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch – Weigh-In Results

Main PPV Card
BJ Penn (169lb) vs. Jon Fitch (170lb)
Jorge Rivera (185lb) vs. Michael Bisping (185lb)
George Sotiropoulos (156lb) vs. Dennis Siver (156.6lb)
Chris Lytle (170lb) vs. Brian Ebersole (170lb)
Chris Camozzi (185lb) vs. Kyle Noke (184lb)

ION TV Preliminary Card
Ross Pearson (155lb) vs. Spencer Fisher (154lb)
James Te-Huna (205lb) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (205lb)
Riki Fukuda (185lb) vs. Nick Ring (185lb)

Non-Televised Prelims
Mark Hunt (263lb) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (261lb)
Maciej Jewtuszko (154lb) vs. Curt Warburton (156lb)

Facebook Prelims
Anthony Perosh (205lb) vs. Tom Blackledge (205lb)
Tiequan Zhang (146lb) vs. Jason Reinhardt (145lb)

Note: Click thumbnails to enlarge.

Below Photos by www.heavy.com

Body + Soul + Ego = Brian Ebersole

By Thomas Gerbasi

Illinois’ Brian Ebersole always told himself to “be patient” when it came to getting a call to compete in the UFC. What he probably didn’t know was that such patience would take him through 11 years of competition and over 60 professional fights before he got that call.

Yet this weekend, Ebersole’s wild MMA ride will set down in his adopted hometown of Sydney, Australia, where he will face another veteran of the Midwest’s “Meat Grinder” circuit, Chris Lytle, on a UFC 127 card that the 30-year old hopes will be the start of something big for his career.

If anything, after not making last year’s Aussie card and missing the cut on season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter, Ebersole – who has won seven in a row – has earned his spot, and when Carlos Condit was forced out of the Lytle bout due to injury, he jumped at the opportunity.

“When I received word of the UFC offer for 127, I changed course immediately and worked to arrange the best training camp, which I did,” he said. “I didn’t think about the future, or how I felt about it. I was practical, and looked for immediate assistance in putting together the best two weeks that I could – as that’s all I had available to work with. So my reaction was to scramble, make calls, send emails, and hope that I would have talented training partners. And it so happens that I was provided a great set of circumstances, in Melbourne, thanks in large part to the efforts of Kimekai Martial Arts Instructor, Ed Bavelock.”

 

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Chris Lytle: “I usually have a game plan that usually lasts maybe four or five seconds.”

By Tim Groves

“I usually have a game plan that usually lasts maybe four or five seconds. As soon as the fight starts and I go out there and I get hit, I’m like ‘That’s it’.” – Chris Lytle to UFC.com.

Chris Lytle (30-17-5) has a history of being in exciting bouts. The former fireman has won four fight of the night bonuses, two submission of the night bonuses and one knockout of the night bonus in his past ten UFC bouts. Now it seems like we know why.

Lytle knows that he can’t throw his game plan out the window against crafty veteran Brian Ebersole (46-14-1-1) when they meet at UFC 127 in the coming week.

“I hope to dictate the pace, I have to make the fight happen where I want it to happen,” Lytle said.

 

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Cool, Calm and Collected, Kyle Noke Fighting With Renewed Enthusiasm

By Erik Fontanez

If you listen to Kyle Noke speak about his life and what role MMA plays in it, you get the feeling that he is one of the most laid back fighters in the sport. He takes everything in stride, not letting the bright lights of the UFC consume him.

At UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch, Noke will be fighting in front of his fellow countryman as the UFC will make its second trip down under. His opponent, Chris Camozzi, will be waiting for him, prepped and ready to spoil his homecoming. But do you think that matters to a guy like Kyle Noke? Do you think the thought of Camozzi beating him in front of other Australians is something that circles his consciousness, weighing him down and taking focus away from the actual fight night.

Have a conversation with the man and you won’t think any of those things for a minute.

The thing about Noke is that he has been in the fight game for quite some time – nine years, to be exact. He has done the pre-fight preparation several times over for many organizations across the world. Simply put, he knows how to handle the pressure of fighting and is able to balance the emotion that stems from performing at a high level.

 

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Pat Healy Enlists BJ Penn To Prepare For Lyle Beerbohm

By Mick Hammond

If there’s one thing that’s been true of Pat “Bam Bam” Healy over the years, it’s that he’s never been one to back down from a fight. Win or lose, Healy, like his brother Ryan, gives it his all and puts on the kind of fights that give fans their money’s worth.

But in recent years, Healy has wanted to be more than just a fighter who delivers a great fight; he wants to become a truly great fighter. It is with that goal in mind that Healy has expanded his training beyond his home base of Team Quest.

“I was able to get a good connection with BJ Penn and I’ve learned just a ton from him,” he told MMAWeekly.com.

“I also made a good connection with George Sotiropoulos back home, so I really feel like my training has come to the next level and I’ve really been able to work on what I need to work on to get better.”

 

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Chris Lytle ‘bummed’ Carlos Condit injured but ready for Brian Ebersole in Australia

By Fernando Quiles Jr.

Chris Lytle (30-17-5) will throw leather against Brian Ebersole (46-14-1) on Feb. 26 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia for UFC 127.

It will mark the nineteenth time “Lights Out” has stepped inside the Octagon.

The 36-year old welterweight was originally slated for a scrap against Carlos Condit but the bout was called off when “The Natural Born Killer” suffered a knee injury. Lytle tells Pro MMA Radio what was running through his mind when he got word of the unfortunate news.

“Oh, man, I was really bummed. That’s a fight I really wanted since I heard about it. I like his style. I like how he was gonna try to come out and fight me. He’s not gonna try and outpoint me. He was gonna come out and try to knock me out. Those are the type of guys that I like to fight. It’s harder nowadays when you start climbing that ladder, it’s harder to fight guys who will fight you like that. A lot guys just wanna win at all costs no matter how boring.”

While Ebersole may be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, he’s certainly no stranger to mixed martial arts (MMA). And despite his lack of recognition among the masses, Lytle knows he won’t be easy to put away.

“I have been able to watch a little bit of his more recent stuff and the thing I’m noticing about him is he’s an experienced guy. He knows what he’s doing and he makes it tough to look good against him. I was watching some of his fights and no matter how good the caliber the guy was, he knows enough and is good enough that you’re not going to just go out there and beat him up.”

 

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Dennis Siver: Not just a kickboxer

By Steven Kelliher

Just a week and a half ahead of his pivotal UFC 127 bout with George Sotiropoulos, German dynamo Dennis Siver spoke with Tapology’s Steven Kelliher about the most important fight yet of his UFC career.

Siver is currently in the midst of his second stint with the world’s top MMA promotion. He was cut from the UFC in 2008 after back-to-back losses, but has since gone 5-1 in his most recent stretch. Above all else, Siver attributes his current UFC turnaround to focus and experience.

“I think nowadays I’m more [used] to fighting in front of so many people,” Siver said. “I’m also more focused on my preparation. As you might have seen, I’m improving all the time, and I’m a more experienced and well rounded fighter than I was back in the day.”

In addition to rising steadily up the stacked lightweight rankings, Siver has transformed into one of the most consistent finishers in the division.

 

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UFC 127: “Penn vs. Fitch” Fight Card Once Again Finalized

After the injury bug came swooping in to take Carlos Condit out of his welterweight shootout with Chris Lytle, Octagon brass started scrambling for a last-minute replacement to complete their “UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch” roster. As expected, Brian Ebersole has agreed to step in at the 11th hour to meet Lytle inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Most major UFC shows feature 11 bouts, six dark matches and five that will air on television. However, because the Aussies love them some MMA, the promotion decided to reward them for their record-tying sellout performance by offering an additional preliminary fight.

A top contender welterweight scrap between former champion BJ Penn and Jon Fitch will headline the company’s return to the land down under.

The pay-per-view broadcast will air live in North America on Saturday, February 26th at 10PM ET/7PM PT.

Here is the official UFC 127 roster and bout order:

Main Bouts:

  • BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch
  • Jorge Rivera vs. Michael Bisping
  • George Sotiropoulos vs. Dennis Siver
  • Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke
  • Preliminary Bouts:

  • Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
  • Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring
  • Mark Hunt vs Chris Tuchscherer
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton
  • Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge
  • Tie Quan Zhang vs. Jason Reinhardt

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    Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole official; UFC 127 again complete with 12 bouts

    By John Morgan

    UFC newcomer Brian Ebersole (44-15 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now official for the promotion’s return to Australia, and UFC 127‘s fight card is again complete with 12 contests.

    Ebersole meets fellow welterweight Chris Lytle (30-17-5 MMA, 9-9 UFC) on the evening’s main card.

    UFC 127 takes place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia and airs live on pay-per-view. Due to the time difference, the event airs live in the U.S. on Feb. 26 in its normal Saturday-night timeslot. A welterweight clash between former champion B.J. Penn and perennial contender Jon Fitch headlines.
    With the official addition, UFC 127’s lineup now includes:

    MAIN CARD

    • Jon Fitch vs. B.J. Penn
    • Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
    • Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos
    • Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
    • Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke

    PRELIMINARY CARD

    • Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson
    • Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
    • Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring
    • Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
    • Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton
    • Tom Blackledge vs. Anthony Perosh
    • Jason Reinhardt vs. Tiequan Zhang

     

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    UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch – Extended Preview

    Matt Hughes Helps BJ Penn Prepare for UFC 127 Fight with Jon Fitch

    By Tom Ngo

    There’s an old adage that suggests, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’ Although Matt Hughes posted a TKO victory over BJ Penn at UFC 63, the Hall of Famer opted to assist his former foe prepare for his pivotal UFC 127 showdown against Jon Fitch.

    “I kept thinking, ‘Who is going to try to grind me out, push me against the fence and do that ground ‘n pound stuff?’ I think Matt’s the guy. Matt’s the guy for the job,” Penn confidently told KHON2.com.

    “We were talking about it last night while we were standing in the ring. He was like, ‘Come on, I’m Fitch. That’s my style, [to] push you down [and] I’m gonna take you down and beat on you.’”

    Speaking of getting roughed up, it took Penn all of 21 seconds to put Hughes to sleep in their trilogy at UFC 123. He also submitted Hughes for his welterweight title in their initial meeting in January of 2004. Regardless, Hughes believes he and Fitch possess very similar fighting styles that could go a long way in prepping Penn.

    “Fitch and I do a lot of the same things on our feet and on the ground,” Hughes shared. “I have watched some tape on Fitch and I think I can come up with a good game plan of what Fitch is going to do against BJ, and that’s why I am here.”

     

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    Brian Ebersole tapped to replace Carlos Condit at UFC 127 against Chris Lytle

    By Jesse Holland

    UFC welterweight Chris Lytle will reportedly remain on the UFC 127: “Penn vs. Fitch” pay-per-view event on Feb. 26 in Sydney, Australia, now that Brian Ebersole has agreed to step in for the injured Carlos Condit.

    Fight News Australia brought word of the change in opponents earlier today.

    Ebersole (44-15) has racked up seven straight wins and is 11-1 since 2007 competing mostly “Down Under.” His only loss during that span was a submission (strikes) defeat to Bellator big shot Hector Lombard under the Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) banner in September 2008.

    The “Bad Boy” will make his UFC debut on just over two weeks notice against one of the sport’s most grizzled veterans.

    Lytle (30-17-5), who could be knocking on the contender’s door with another win, has seemingly gotten his second wind in the 170-pound division, winning four straight contests and racking up another collection of “Fight Night” bonuses.

     

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