UFC 140 Results: Brian Ebersole Is Good, but Not Quite Champion Good
Yes, Brian Ebersole is a good fighter, but he's a long way away from being in any situation where a fan honestly sees him as "the man to dethrone the champ" in the UFC Welterweight division.
Claude Patrick proved to be more of a test than some may have expected him to be, but for all that Patrick might not have been able to do, the fact that the fight was a split decision and not a complete three-round mauling shows that Ebersole has a ways to go before he's what we're calling "champion good."
As stated before, "champion good" involves being at a level where many fans can see a fighter somehow being competitive against the champion, but it also involves being good to beat and consistently maintain the status of the champion, and while Ebersole does show promise, it does say something when a fighter does derail the momentum of a guy like a Chris Lytle and defeats a Dennis Hallman, only to be taken to war by someone like Patrick.
Patrick tried actively for submission attempts throughout the brief moments in the fight where he seemed to be more the aggressor than Ebersole, and against guys in the upper echelon of the division, it's really tough to put any immediate stock into someone unless they show some sort of willingness to neutralize the mere attempt at a submission.
Ebersole did an excellent job of escaping the submissions Patrick tried sinking in, and I certainly do not want or feel the need to take anything away from him (he was actually my pick to win the fight, even though I had a tough time actually scoring the bout), but Ebersole should not let himself get in those positions, because what if his next fight is against someone with a notoriously-beastly submission game and he gets caught in a much more deeply-sunken version of one of the submissions Patrick tried sinking in?
It may not have spelled trouble for Ebersole at UFC 140, but one of these days, it might.
Again, Ebersole is a good fighter, but the suspect case of his susceptibility to submissions is a tad bit outstanding, and it's a pothole that the otherwise-impressive Ebersole may need to patch up in order to find success against the more lethal threats of the division.
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