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:
– For live Play-By- Play go to Sherdog.com or MMAWeekly.com
– To check out the weigh-in results: Click Here
– To check out the betting odds: Click Here
– To watch this PPV online, go to www.ufc.tv
– To watch the facebook prelims go to www.facebook.com/UFC
– After the event, watch the post fight press conference at video.ufc.com

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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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