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Round 1: After playing on the feet some, Ebersole drops for the takedown. Patrick defends and threatens with the guillotine but Ebersole avoids easily. The two end up on the cage, fighting for position. Patrick lands a hard knee to the gut that causes Ebersole to wince. Patrick drops for the guillotine shortly thereafter, it’s very deep and he’s cranking on it, but Ebersole keeps his cool and fights through it until Patrick lets off. Ebersole is on top now, but Patrick gets to his feet, dodging a knee as he does. Patrick grabs the plum, lands a knee and a good left. Ebersole coming at Patrick now with some hard punches to the head and then body. Ebersole drops for the takedown, but Patrick defends well. Ebersole pressing Patrick into the cage. Patrick turns him at the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 2: Ebersole fakes a shot to start. Patrick coming at Ebersole, but Ebersole is keeping mostly clear of his attack. He defends a takedown. They battle in the clinch, Patrick landing a nice left and a knee. Ebersole presses Patrick back into the fence; he lands a good right elbow on the break and then shoots for the double. Patrick defends and smacks him in the face, working short elbows and knees as well. Ebersole lands another elbow on the break and then defends a takedown, before pressing Patrick back into the cage. They break and Patrick lands a front kick. He catches a kick and then takes Ebersole around the back, pressing him into the cage. Ebersole gets in a knee. Patrick lands a few punches that cause Ebersole to cover. He then defends a takedown and presses Patrick into the cage.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Patrick
Round 3: Ebersole drops for the single early and Patrick defends it. Ebersole is fighting desperately for the takedown, but Patrick is defending deftly. Patrick goes for a choke but ends up leaving himself open for Ebersole to put him on his back. Patrick gets to his feet, but Ebersole keeps hold of him, picks him up and slams him to the mat. Ebersole manages to get Patrick’s back against the fence with one hook in. Patrick stands, but Ebersole is on him like glue. They battle for position on the cage, Patrick with his back to the cage. Ebersole fights for the single and gets it, but Patrick snags an arm on the way down and uses it to get on top. Patrick goes for a side choke, but Ebersole defends. They stand and start to trade, Patrick getting the better of it. Ebersole shoots again, but Patrick stuffs it and rolls for a D’arce choke that Ebersole defends. Ebersole ends the round on top.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole
Brian Ebersole defeated Claude Patrick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
That was a close one and the fans boo the decision, but either man winning wouldn’t have been a robbery.