At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, Brian Ebersole barely squeaked by Claude Patrick to take a split decision victory. Judges' scorecards had it 29-28, 29-28, and 28-29. This Welterweight fight was the 2nd on the PPV card, and was the only PPV fight to go the distance. Ebersole is now undefeated in the Octagon on a three fight win streak, while Patrick earns just the 2nd loss of his MMA career. He is now 14-2 overall, 3-1 in the UFC.
Fans expecting to see Ebersole's trademark unorthodox and exciting style were likely let down by this fight. The first two rounds consisted primarily of a clinch battle along the cage, with both men jockeying for position. In the third round, Ebersole came out sensing he was done on the cards and fighting much more aggressively, though that led to Patrick getting the most dominant position for either man in the fight with a close anaconda choke attempt. The Canadian crown booed the decision at the end, and while there is perhaps a bit to be unhappy about there, that was a very difficult fight to judge and could have gone either way.
What was the high spot of this fight?
That choke attempt from Patrick in round 3 was pretty nice. It looked deep, and Ebersole looked to be in real trouble, but the veteran gutted through it and escaped in a nice sequence.
Where do these guys go from here?
Ebersole is now 3-0 and his late career run up the UFC Welterweight ranks continues. Might as well put him in against a real contender now - I'd say a fight with Martin Kampmann would be a lot of fun.
Patrick doesn't lose much here as he had a good showing against a veteran, and was a late replacement for Rory MacDonald. He earned a decent fight next time out against a lower end top 25 opponent such as Charlie Brenneman.
Watch it now, later or never?
Never. It was mostly the cage battle, and never really managed to get going.
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