Brian Ebersole

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Brian Ebersole
Born (1980-11-27) November 27, 1980 (age 39)
La Porte, Indiana, United States
Other namesBad Boy
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach73 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofPhuket, Thailand
TeamTiger Muay Thai
Kimekai / ESS Performance
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[citation needed]
Years active2000–2016
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission20
By decision17
By knockout1
By submission9
By decision8
No contests1
Other information
UniversityEastern Illinois University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brian Keith Ebersole[2] (born November 27, 1980) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC's Welterweight division, and holds a record of 5-3 with the organization. In addition to the UFC, Ebersole has competed in Shooto, Strikeforce, the San Jose Razorclaws of the IFL and King of the Cage. Ebersole retired after having 71 professional MMA fights between 2000 and 2016.


Ebersole grew up in Bradley, Illinois. His grandfather started the Bradley-Bourbonnais Youth Wrestling Club in Illinois which served as Ebersole's introduction to amateur wrestling. He began wrestling when he was in kindergarten, was a standout wrestler in middle and high school and earned academic and athletic scholarships to Eastern Illinois University (EIU). He started training with Matt Hughes off and on during his time at EIU, which served as his introduction to mixed martial arts.[3]

In November 2000 Ebersole was arrested following a fight with a Southern Illinois University hockey player. Although the charges were later dropped, Ebersole lost his wrestling scholarship as a result and dropped out of college soon after. Ebersole was a great student, but lost motivation to continue with his education as he could no longer wrestle, leaving with a year's worth of classes not finished. After leaving EIU Ebersole worked on a pig farm before eventually moving to California to train at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) with Jon Fitch and Bob Cook.[3]

Ebersole is very proud of the fact that he calls the world his home, traveling across the globe for his training camps. He generally trains at Tiger Muay Thai In Phuket as he is the Head Coach and also trains at ESS performance In Melbourne, Australia.

Ebersole is known among MMA fans for his odd manscaping habits, having his chest hair groomed into designs such as arrows, stars, and even the Tapout logo at UFC 140.

Ebersole is currently the head wrestling coach at his alma mater, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2006, Ebersole was living in California, he worked in construction and was also working part-time as a bartender as well as fighting professionally. He claims that the inability to maintain fighting as a full-time profession affected his performances in the cage. In September of that year he took a fight against Shannon Ritch, winning the fight by submission. But the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) claimed that he and Ritch had worked the fight, and that despite dominating the bout, Ebersole had helped keep Ritch in the fight for longer than he otherwise would have been able to. The CSAC overturned his victory to a no contest and suspended Ebersole. Because of this and the lack of overall MMA opportunities for Ebersole in the US, he decided to pick up and move to Australia, where he had an impressive run on the regional circuit, running up a record of 12 wins and 3 losses over five years.[4]

In 2007, Ebersole was on a trip in the United States to say goodbye to friends and family before setting up permanent residence in Australia. While there he decided to take a short notice fight for the IFL against Alex Schoenauer. Not only did he lose the fight via split decision, but he failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana. Ebersole claimed he had eaten marijuana brownies before taking the fight, and didn't have time to make sure they cleared his system. This resulted in his second suspension by the CSAC, and reinforced his belief in the necessity of his move to Australia to further his fighting career.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ebersole made his UFC debut against Chris Lytle at UFC 127, replacing an injured Carlos Condit.[5] Ebersole won via unanimous decision using unorthodox strikes and ground control in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.

In his second UFC fight, Ebersole faced veteran Dennis Hallman on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[6] He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Ebersole was also awarded an honorary "getting those horrifying shorts off TV as soon as possible" bonus by Dana White for defeating Hallman, who was wearing Speedos (Speedos have since been banned in the UFC).[7]

Ebersole was expected to face Rory MacDonald on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140.[8] However, McDonald pulled out of their fight due to injury.[9] Ebersole instead faced Claude Patrick, where he won a close, back and forth match via split decision.

Ebersole fought TJ Waldburger on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX 4 and won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[10] After the bout Ebersole said that he may try to drop down to the lightweight division.[11] If he moves down, it will be the fifth weight class in which he has competed.

Making a quick return to the Octagon less than a month later, Ebersole replaced an injured Claude Patrick and faced James Head on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[12] Ebersole received his first UFC loss to Head via split decision snapping his eleven fight winning streak and receiving his first loss since September 2008.

Ebersole made his first appearance in over a year when he fought Rick Story at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Ebersole next fought John Howard on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[14] He won the fight via split decision.

Ebersole was expected to face Alan Jouban on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[15] However, Jouban pulled out of the fight in late March citing injury and was replaced by Omari Akhmedov.[16] Ebersole lost the fight via TKO after he was unable to continue after the first round due to a knee injury sustained from a kick by Akhmedov.[17] Ebersole announced his retirement after the fight.[18]

Post Retirement[edit]

Ebersole would fight one more time, June 24th 2016, facing Steven Kennedy at Hex Fight Series 6. Kennedy won the main event by decision.

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
71 matches 51 wins 18 losses
By knockout 14 1
By submission 20 9
By decision 17 8
Draws 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 51–18–1 (1) Steven Kennedy Decision (unanimous) Hex Fight Series 6 June 24, 2016 5 5:00 Melbourne, Australia For the HFS Welterweight Title.
Loss 51–17–1 (1) Omari Akhmedov TKO (knee injury) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 51–16–1 (1) John Howard Decision (split) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 50–16–1 (1) Rick Story Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 50–15–1 (1) James Head Decision (split) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 50–14–1 (1) TJ Waldburger Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida June 22, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 49–14–1 (1) Claude Patrick Decision (split) UFC 140 December 10, 2011 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 48–14–1 (1) Dennis Hallman TKO (elbows) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 1 4:28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 47–14–1 (1) Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) UFC 127 February 27, 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 46–14–1 (1) Hamish Robertson TKO (punches) LGIOP: Van Diemen's Caged Mayhem January 29, 2011 1 N/A Tasmania, Australia
Win 45–14–1 (1) Carlos Newton Decision (unanimous) Impact FC 1 July 10, 2010 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 44–14–1 (1) Martin van Staden Submission (inverted triangle choke) Fight Force 5: Invasion April 15, 2010 3 N/A Johannesburg, South Africa
Win 43–14–1 (1) Ian James Schaffa Submission (arm-triangle choke) XMMA 1: Xtreme MMA December 20, 2009 2 2:34 Sydney, Australia
Win 42–14–1 (1) Jai Bradney Decision (unanimous) CWA: Staunch Cage Wars May 9, 2009 3 5:00 Queensland, Australia
Win 41–14–1 (1) Shannon Forrester KO (cartwheel kick) XFC: Return of the Hulk March 14, 2009 1 N/A Perth, Australia
Win 40–14–1 (1) Shane Nix TKO (knee injury) Cage Fighting Championships 6: Eliminator November 7, 2008 3 3:29 Sydney, Australia Won the CFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 39–14–1 (1) Hector Lombard Submission (knee injury) Cage Fighting Championships 5 September 12, 2008 4 1:56 Sydney, Australia
Win 39–13–1 (1) Wade Henderson Submission (arm-triangle choke) Cage Fighting Championships 4 May 23, 2008 1 1:25 Sydney, Australia
Win 38–13–1 (1) Dylan Andrews TKO (punches) Cage Fighting Championships 3 February 15, 2008 2 4:26 Sydney, Australia
Win 37–13–1 (1) Gordon Graff Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Perth October 5, 2007 2 5:00 Perth, Australia
Win 36–13–1 (1) Jon Valuri Decision (unanimous) Shooto Australia: Superfight Australia 1 May 26, 2007 2 5:00 Perth, Australia
Loss 35–13–1 (1) Alex Schoenauer Decision (split) IFL: Los Angeles March 17, 2007 3 4:00 Los Angeles, California, United States Failed post fight drug test for marijuana.
Win 35–12–1 (1) David Frendin TKO (doctor stoppage) XFC 13: Global Warfare November 10, 2006 2 N/A Queensland, Australia
Loss 34–12–1 (1) Kyle Noke Decision (majority) XFC 12: Oktoberfist October 13, 2006 5 5:00 Australia
NC 34–11–1 (1) Shannon Ritch NC (overturned) FCP: Malice at Cow Palace September 9, 2006 1 3:46 San Francisco, California, United States Submission victory overturned.
Win 34–11–1 Andrew Varney Decision (unanimous) LOF 8: Legends of Fighting 8 July 28, 2006 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 33–11–1 Matt Horwich Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie March 10, 2006 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 32–11–1 Alex Serdyukov Decision (unanimous) ICFO 1: Stockton May 13, 2005 3 5:00 Stockton, California, United States
Win 31–11–1 Andy Foster Decision (unanimous) FT 6: Full Throttle 6 February 11, 2005 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 30–11–1 Masanori Suda Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: 1/29 in Korakuen Hall January 29, 2005 3 2:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–10–1 Gordon Kalimic Submission (arm-triangle choke) MMA Mexico: Day 1 December 17, 2004 1 N/A Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Loss 29–10–1 John Renken Decision (unanimous) FFC 12: Freestyle Fighting Championships 12 September 24, 2004 3 5:00 Indiana, United States
Win 29–9–1 Nick Thompson TKO (punches) FFC 12: Freestyle Fighting Championships 12 September 24, 2004 1 N/A Indiana, United States
Loss 28–9–1 Ed Herman Submission (triangle choke) SF 5: Stadium August 28, 2004 2 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 28–8–1 Alexei Veselovzorov TKO (punches) Euphoria: Russia vs USA March 13, 2004 3 2:26 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 27–8–1 Todd Carney Decision (unanimous) KOTR: King of the Rockies 1 January 3, 2004 4 5:00 Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Win 26–8–1 Shane Tate TKO (punches) EP: XXXtreme Impact December 28, 2003 1 1:38 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 25–8–1 Emanuel Newton TKO (punches) CFM: Ultimate Fighting Mexico November 15, 2003 4 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Draw 24–8–1 Brad Lynde Draw FCC 12: Freestyle Combat Challenge 12 October 18, 2003 2 5:00 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win 24–8 Chris Fontaine Decision (unanimous) CFM: Octogono Extremo September 27, 2003 3 4:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Loss 23–8 Tony Fryklund Submission (ankle lock) Dangerzone 17: Dakota Destruction April 12, 2003 2 4:37 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 23–7 David Harris Decision (unanimous) CFM: Cage Fighting Monterrey January 30, 2003 3 5:00 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 22–7 Shannon Ritch TKO (punch) CFM: Ultimate Fighting October 26, 2002 1 3:40 Monterrey, Mexico
Loss 21–7 Bret Bergmark Decision (split) UA 4: King of the Mountain September 28, 2002 3 5:00 Auberry, California, United States
Win 21–6 Tom Martini Submission (punches) UW: Minnesota September 7, 2002 1 N/A Fridley, Minnesota, United States
Win 20–6 Rene Hernandez Submission (arm-triangle choke) MMA: Cuando Hierve la Sangre August 31, 2002 2 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Win 19–6 Shane Schartzer Submission (kimura) MMA: Cuando Hierve la Sangre August 31, 2002 1 N/A Monterrey, Mexico
Win 18–6 Joel Blanton TKO (punches) UW: Minnesota August 24, 2002 1 4:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 17–6 Dan Hart Technical Submission (guillotine choke) CR 4: Cage Rage 4 August 17, 2002 1 1:48 Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Win 16–6 Nathan McCabe TKO (punches) RFC 1: The Beginning July 13, 2002 1 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–6 Desmond Peterson Submission (punches) BEFC 2: Big Easy Fighting 2 June 28, 2002 1 N/A New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 14–6 Rich Guerin Decision CLM 2: Combate Libre Mexico 2 April 26, 2002 N/A N/A Mexico
Win 13–6 Edwin Aguilar Submission (rear-naked choke) CLM 2: Combate Libre Mexico 2 April 26, 2002 N/A N/A Mexico
Win 12–6 Chris Gates Submission (armbar) CLM 2: Combate Libre Mexico 2 April 26, 2002 N/A N/A Mexico
Loss 11–6 Jay Massey Submission (rear-naked choke) TCC: Battle of the Badges April 13, 2002 1 N/A Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 11–5 Jamie Schell KO (punch) UW: Horn vs Wikan March 2, 2002 2 0:43 Minnesota, United States
Win 10–5 Josh Mueller Submission (rear-naked choke) UW: Battle for the Belts March 2, 2002 1 0:37 Minnesota, United States
Loss 9–5 Kerry Schall Submission (kneebar) UW: Battle for the Belts December 8, 2001 1 3:15 Fridley, Minnesota, United States
Win 9–4 Mark Lowry Submission (arm-triangle choke) UW: Battle for the Belts December 8, 2001 1 3:22 Fridley, Minnesota, United States
Loss 8–4 Stephan Bonnar Submission (guillotine choke) IHC 3: Exodus November 10, 2001 1 0:51 Hammond, Indiana, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 8–3 Eric Zent Submission (choke) CR 3: Cage Rage 3 October 20, 2001 2 1:00 Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Win 7–3 Ed Meyers Submission (choke) CR 3: Cage Rage 3 October 20, 2001 1 3:36 Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Loss 6–3 Adrian Serrano Submission (rear-naked choke) TCC: Total Combat Challenge September 29, 2001 1 5:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 6–2 Darrell Smith Submission (armbar) FFCC: Finke's Full Contact Challenge May 21, 2001 2 N/A Highland, Indiana, United States
Win 5–2 Josh Hoover Submission (slam) FFCC: Finke's Full Contact Challenge May 21, 2001 3 N/A Highland, Indiana, United States
Win 4–2 Eddie Sanchez Decision (unanimous) FFCC: Finke's Full Contact Challenge April 30, 2001 2 5:00 Highland, Indiana, United States
Loss 3–2 Jay Massey Submission (armbar) MMA: Invitational 4 November 18, 2000 1 1:22 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 3–1 Jeremy Morrison Submission (armbar) FFCC: Finke's Full Contact Challenge July 28, 2000 1 N/A Highland, Indiana, United States
Win 2–1 Enrique Lowe Submission (armbar) FFCC: Finke's Full Contact Challenge June 16, 2000 1 3:50 Highland, Indiana, United States
Win 1–1 Jose Garcia Submission (rear-naked choke) TCC: Total Combat Challenge June 10, 2000 1 N/A Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 0–1 Chris Albandia Decision TCC: Total Combat Challenge February 24, 2000 1 10:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c Zeus (March 22, 2011). "Brian Ebersole talks about eating marijuana cookies and being called TWAS in our interview".
  4. ^ Ben Fowlkes (March 1, 2011). "Brian Ebersole's Long, Strange Journey to Victory at UFC 127".
  5. ^ "With Carlos Condit out, Chris Lytle welcomes Brian Ebersole to UFC 127". February 10, 2011. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Brian Ebersole and Dennis Hallman to meet at August's UFC 133 event". Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
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  8. ^ "Rory MacDonald vs Brian Ebersole booked for Dec. 10 in Toronto". September 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "UFC 140: Brian Ebersole vs Claude Patrick booked with Rory MacDonald injured". November 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "Brian Ebersole vs TJ Waldburger booked for June 22 in Atlantic City". March 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "UFC on FX 4 winner Brian Ebersole contemplating possible drop to lightweight". Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Claude Patrick out with injury; Brian Ebersole meets James Head at UFC 149". July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  13. ^ Dave Reid (2013-09-08). "Brian Ebersole vs Rick Story Added To UFC 167". Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  14. ^ Staff (2014-07-14). "Brian Ebersole vs. John Howard slated for UFC 178 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  15. ^ Staff (2015-03-03). "Brian Ebersole vs. Alan Jouban added to UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-03-26). "Alan Jouban injured, Omari Akhmedov meets Brian Ebersole at UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-06-06). "UFC Fight Night 68 results: Knee injury TKOs Brian Ebersole vs. Omari Akhmedov". Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  18. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2015-06-07). "Brian Ebersole retires from MMA following TKO loss at UFC Fight Night 68". Retrieved 2015-06-07.

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