According to recent reports by Sportsnet and Fight News Australia, UFC welterweight contender Carlos Condit has been forced out of his UFC 127 bout with Chris Lytle after suffering a knee injury in training. There is no word yet on the severity of his injury or the duration of the subsequent layoff, but it is known who will replace Condit on the card: Brian Ebersole.
“Bad Boy” holds a record of 46-14-1 and will be scrapping his planned appearance at the Australian-held Fate MMA 2 event in order to make his UFC debut against Lytle. Ebersole, an American, currently trains and fights out of Australia and is associated with Tiger Muay Thai. The 30-year old is enjoying a seven-fight win streak which he has put together since losing to current Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard in 2008. His most recent win came via TKO over Hamish Roberston; prior to that bout, he defeated former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton via unanimous decision.
Ebersole’s opponent, Chris Lytle, has become a staple in the UFC welterweight division for his go-for-broke fighting style and humble demeanor. “Lights Out” is currently on a four fight winning streak and is fresh off of a dominant decision victory over former UFC welterweight champion Matt “The Terror” Serra.
UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch is scheduled to take place this February 26th at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia and will feature a headlining bout between former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn and perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch.