Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
Round 1: Ebersole looks for a takedown early, but Story stuffs it. Story presses forward. Story steps in with an outside leg kick. Story lands a left hand counter. Story throwing heavy leather. Ebersole lands his jab. Story delivers a hard left hand. Ebersole moves in and Story hits him. Story lands a left hand and Ebersole circles away. Ebersole looks for a takedown but Story stuffs the attempt. Story lands an outside leg kick. Ebersole lands a good right hand but Story answers with a combination. Ebersole steps in with an outside leg kick. Story lands a big left hand. Ebersole lands his jab. Story chases him at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
Round 2: Story lands a hard leg kick. Story looks for a takedown and gets it. Story is in side control. Ebersole rolls and gets back to his feet. Ebersole lands a left hand followed by a jab. Story lands an outside leg kick and continues to press the action. Story lands a left hand. They exchange jabs. Ebersole steps in with a stiff jab. Story comes over the top with an elbow. Ebersole lands an elbow on the inside. Story goes to the body with a hard right hand. Story lands a left hand. Ebersole looks to get the fight to the ground but Story has none of it. They exchange in the closing seconds. Ebersole lands a big right hand that knocks Story to a knee. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
Round 3: Story lands to the body and takes Ebersole down. He lands big punches to the body. Story leaps in with a big shot. Ebersole gets back to his feet. Ebersole slips in a right hook. Story answers with an outside leg kick. The clinch and separate. Ebersole lands a right hand. Story steps in with a hard right hook but Ebersole takes it. Story goes to the body. Two minutes remain in the round. Story lands a right hook and unloads a combination. Story lands a hard leg kick that buckles Ebersole. Ebersole clinches and lands an elbow on the break. Story lands an outside leg kick followed by another that knocks Ebersole down. Story lands knees to the body in side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
The judges scored the fight for Story by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I just want to thank Brian for putting on a great show with me. It was a good tough fight and I think I got the best of him by the end of it. Those kicks to the knee really started to hurt him toward the end. I could see his facial expressions and footing start to change so I just kept throwing them and tried to chop him down. I’m happy I got to perform for the fans and getting the win is a bonus. Also, a big thanks to the UFC and my team for supporting me.”
“It’s tough to go out there coming off an injury. I had three ripped disks from my fight with Chris Lytle and I’ve tried to fight through it for the last four camps. It’s starting to take its toll. The kicks he landed to the knee at the end were well placed. The first three didn’t hurt but the last two definitely did.”