The spate of welterweight bookings in the UFC continued this morning, with the announcement of yet another 170-lb match-up for the June 22nd UFC on FX 4 card in Atlantic City. According to UFC.com, quirky veteran Brian Ebersole will meet slick submission artist, T.J. Waldburger:
One more welterweight bout was added at the end of Wednesday: submission specialist TJ Waldburger will face relentless wrestler Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole.
Ebersole, a long-time veteran of the sport who has trained in Australia in recent years, finally made his UFC debut last year in an entertaining, upset win over Chris Lytle, and then followed that up with a quick drubbing of fellow journeyman, Dennis Hallman. Ebersole remained undefeated in the UFC with his most recent win over Claude Patrick in December, but it was a much closer fight than the first two, and the crowd wasn't exactly enthralled with Ebersole's decision to use his wrestling to wear down Patrick and fend off his submission attempts. Nonetheless, it will likely be the same strategy he'll employ against Waldburger, although the Texan's submission game is more aggressive and diverse than Patrick's, especially in scrambles. Additionally, Waldburger has been successful against tough, grinding wrestlers in the past, most notably in a five-round title fight win against Pat Healy in the Shark Fights promotion in 2009.
Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole (49-14-1, 1 NC)
W Claude Patrick (split decision) - UFC 140
W Dennis Hallman (TKO - elbows) - UFC 133
W Chris Lytle (unam. decision) - UFC 127
T.J. Waldburger (15-6)
W Jake Hecht (submission - armbar) - UFC on FX 2
W Mike Stumpf (submission - triangle choke) - UFN 25
L Johny Hendricks (TKO) - UFN 24
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