Experienced and unorthodox are the two themes for this match up.
Let's start with experience: Brian Ebersole currently has over sixty professional fights (47-14-1) and compiled thirty-six in just three years, while Dennis Hallman has a minimum of sixty-five total fights (50-13-2) since 1996, though he told me that at least a dozen others are missing. Ebersole has an amazing twenty wins by submission and Hallman has that output nearly doubled with a jaw-dropping thirty-nine.
What do you get when you add up their total number of career fights? A bunch of battered knuckles, broken noses, and more combat intelligence and composure than any upright mammal was ever intended to have.
Where to start with the unorthodox part? Ebersole shaves symbols into his chest hair. Even though that should be enough, there's more. Cartwheel kicks are not only a standard weapon in his repertoire, but he's knocked people out with the technique before, and here's an excerpt from his UFC.com profile:
Do you have any heroes? Heroes are made in a moment. And in the next moment, that status can be lost. Sports stars are labeled as heroes, and usually tarnish their image at some stage... But history has a few. Ghandi comes to mind, though, as a hero. He championed the cause(s) of humanity, spoke openly and honestly, and did not seek to abuse power for personal gain. We'll go with Ghandi, final answer Regis.
The dude's a nutcase, but an extremely talented one who goes out of his way to entertain us, the fans, which makes him a very likable type of whacko.
Hallman is a self-professed practitioner of "Cowboy Karate", he was a state champion wrestler in high school, and is probably best known as the man to submit Matt Hughes twice. Hailing from the mecca of MMA in Yelm, Washington, Hallman has recently mounted a monstrous career turnaround when he discovered that he had Celiac disease, which was draining his energy and hampering his cardio.
We'll take a look at their unique styles and how they contrast in the full entry.
Ebersole's biggest strength is that no one ever knows what the hell he's going to do, including himself.
A southpaw, he has incredible defense and movement, a tight left-straight, and a wide array of kicks. In the sequence above to the left, check out his graceful clinch maneuver to deftly duck under Lytle's advance and shuck him aside.
Ebersole is a former D1 wrestler who's adapted that background to a formidable catch-style of submission wrestling. This is a welterweight who has fought and defeated heavyweights, so he's a big, strong guy for the weight class, and he has unnerving craftiness and the confidence to pull off kooky moves.
His chin is just about as rock-solid as they come, as the only fighter to stop him with strikes is Hector Lombard.
Dennis Hallman's crushing overhand seen to the right is pretty uncharacteristic for him, but still shows a refinement in the area that used to be his weak point.
Hallman was one of the first true and original submission wrestlers, though he's rarely credited for it.
Back in his day, which was right around the turn of the century, most wrestlers were terrible with submissions and most submission fighters were terrible at wrestling. It was fairly rare for an athlete to wield those accoutrements in conjunction so successfully as Dennis Hallman did. Now that he's healthier and more exuberant than ever, Hallman is a scary prospect.
He's only lost one fight in his last eight, and that was to John Howard (shown to the right).
Hallman had his way with Howard throughout the entire contest until the referee decided to intervene with around thirty seconds left in the final round, and "Doomsday" went for broke and landed the bomb.
Before defeating Karo, Hallman darted around the telephone pole strikes of Ben Saunders and took him down repeatedly from outside and in the clinch.
Ebersole is probably a better wrestler than Hallman, so I imagine he'll look to replicate his strategy against Lytle and fend off takedown attempts to pirouette some showboat striking. Of his fourteen losses, Ebersole has been submitted nine times, which does not bode well against an artful submission wrestler like Hallman.
At the time of writing, Hallman has Ebersole edged by a slight margin on the betting lines, which seems about right. Ebersole's wild unpredictability could win or lose him the fight, and while he'll probably get the better end of the standing game, Hallman is a machine on the ground.
My Prediction: Dennis Hallman by submission
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