John Howard took on Brian Ebersole in a battle between two savvy veterans to kick things off on the Fox Sports 1 portion of the UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso pay-per-view card.
Howard showed up with a lot more pop on his punches while Ebersole was pretty much in a defensive shell for the entire fight, looking for desparation takedowns when he could and it never really worked out for him. Ebersole was pretty much just ducking under and not getting the takedown as the much stronger Howard shrugged off the attempts with relative ease and kept putting punches in his face. Though Ebersole wasn’t very successful with his game plan, he still probably looked more active to the judges sitting cageside.
Final Result: Brian Ebersole wins via split decision