The welterweights were in action on the main card of the UFC on FX 4: "Maynard vs. Guida" event taking place tonight (Fri., June 22, 2012) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as Brian Ebersole returned to the Octagon to take on T.J. Waldburger.
Ebersole, he of the "hairrow" on his chest, took forever to make his way to the big leagues but has made the most of it since getting there, winning every UFC fight to date. Waldburger, a 24-year-old submission specialist, was looking to change that while working his win streak to three.
It didn't happen.
That's because the wily veteran Ebersole overcame a tough opening round to grind his way to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 29-28 across the board. That gives him 11 wins in a row and keeps his Octagon resume spotless.
Time for a step up?
Within the first minute, Waldburger had Ebersole flat and seeing stars with a short jab that punished the veteran enough to turn his lights out, if only for a second.
The follow up saw Waldburger get on top into full mount and quickly work a front choke. Showing the grit and heart that has gotten him this far in his career, Ebersole turned out and managed to get out of what looked to be a seriously tight choke.
Once they went back to standing, Ebersole started landing a few shots of his own. They appeared to do a great deal of damage but a zombie like Waldburger unleashed some counter punches that had Ebersole backing off.
The second round came with Waldburger firing off submission attempts left and right once Ebersole took him to the floor. The notoriously fickle judges had quite the conundrum on their hands -- do you score more for top position or for submission attempts from bottom?
Ebersole closed the round strong with a few shots from on top.
The third round saw much of the same. Ebersole pressured, staying busy in his attack, while Waldburger did everything he could to find some way to finish the fight. He grew increasingly desperate as the clock ticked down but he simply couldn't finish the job.