Longtime MMA veteran Brian Ebersole has been tapped as a replacement to face Chris Lytle at UFC 127 in Australia after Carlos Condit was forced off the show with an injury.
The new bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Thursday. FightNewsAustralia.com initially reported the switch.
Ebersole comes into UFC 127 with a career mark of 44-15, but just now makes his UFC debut.
Formerly trained by Frank Shamrock, Ebersole has fought in several different promotions over the years, and comes into UFC 127 on a seven fight winning streak, including a victory over former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton.
Ebersole fell victim to some controversy a few years ago as well however, when he faced Shannon Ritch at a show called “Malice at the Palace” in 2006. Ebersole and Ritch were accused of having a fixed fight, and the bout was subsequently overturned to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission.
Ebersole vehemently denied the charge, but still sits with the no contest on his record, and questions from those in attendance if the fight was real or not. Ritch of course carries a stigma all his own when it comes to those situations in the past as well, which didn’t help the case.
Whatever the case was then, Ebersole has amassed an impressive record since that time and will try to take out another veteran in Chris Lytle when the pair meets in Australia.