Brian Ebersole vs. James Head
Round 1: Head takes the center of the cage and Ebersole immediately goes for a takedown. Head sprawls and they’re back standing. Ebersole goes for another takedown and Head sprawls again. Ebersole lands a kick to the body. Head goes in and lands a knee and right hand to the body. Ebersole answers with a kick to the body. Head presses him against the cage and lands a knee to the body and an uppercut. Ebersole lands a combination. He follows it up with a right hand. Ebersole drops under a punch for a takedown but Head sprawls. Head applies a guillotine. Ebersole gives a thumbs up. Ebersole is in top position working inside Head’s half guard. Head tries to use the cage to reverse. Ebersole postures up and lands a couple of punches and Head kicks him off. Ebersole goes for his patented cartwheel kick. Head gains top position and that’s how the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Head.
Round 2: Ebersole immediately shoots for a takedown. Head sprawls. The pace slows. Ebersole lands a counter combination. He delivers a straight left and a kick to the body. They clinch. Head lands a knee to the body and Ebersole pushes him to the cage. The work for position along the cage before separating. Head lands a left hook. Ebersole attempts a takedown and again Head sprawls. Two minutes remain in the round. Ebersole jumps in with an uppercut. Head lands a right hand on the inside. Head lands a knee to the body and then to the head of Ebersole. Ebersole drops down and gets a takedown. Head looks up at the clock and takes a deep breath. Ebersole delivers a few shoulder strikes. Head sweeps him in the closing seconds. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole.
Round 3: Ebersole’s corner tells him to get the takedown between rounds. They touch gloves. Ebersole gets a takedown stuffed. Head pumps his jab and lands a right hand. Ebersole answers with a kick to the body. Ebersole works for a takedown but Head defends. Ebersole quickly goes for another takedown and Head shakes it off. Ebersole lands an outside leg kick. Head lands a combination and a knee to the body. Head lands a left hand and a knee. Ebersole delivers a right hand. Head gets a takedown and has Ebersole’s back. Ebersole works to reverse him and Head gets free. They’re back to their feet. Ebersole works leg kicks. A minute remains in the round. Head sprawls and stuffs another takedown attempt. Ebersole goes for another takedown. Head goes for a choke and it isn’t there. Ebersole gains top position. He advances to mount at the bell. MMAWeekly scores teh round 10-9 for Head.
The judges score it for Head by split decision. The scorecards read: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.