Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via Decision (Unanimous), photo via Daniel Herbertson, FanHouse
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.
Lytle opened the round with a good combination. Ebersole kept showing unusual stances and attacks. Lytle landed a hard uppercut to the body. And again Lytle landed a combination followed by odd movements and leg kicks from Ebersole. Then a shot that Lytle stuffed. Lytle forced Ebersole back into the cage and landed a series of punches. Ebersole got a good take down and as Lytle fought to rise, Ebersole landed a vicious knee to Lytle's face that stunned Lytle. Then Ebersole went for a front choke with an arm in. Lytle seemed nearly out as Ebersole fought to control him. Then Ebersole got the Muay Thai plum as Lytle stood. Lytle went for a choke and got slammed hard. He ended the round landing hard shoulder slams to Lytle's face.
They exchanged a two handed slap to open the third then Ebersole threw another carosel kick. Lytle opened up with a flurry of uppercuts. Ebersole shot in, Lytle stuffed it. Lytle went for a kimura from his back. Then he gave up the arm bar. Lytle fought his way back to his feet and then went for a guillotine as Ebersole took him down again. Lytle rolled him and worked the choke from the top. Ebersole fought free. Then back to the feet. A lost mouthpiece triggered a restart and they traded from distance. Ebersole got another take down and landed more ground and pound.
The veteran Ebersole came in as a last minute replacement for the top 10 Carlos Condit. Lytle came into the fight on a four UFC fight win streak.