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Sunday, Jun 07, 2015

UFC FN 68: Brian Ebersole Announces Retirement After 70th Pro Bout

Brian Ebersole (far) scooping up Chris Lytle (near)

By FCF Staff

After suffering a knee injury at UFC Fight Night 68, Brian Ebersole has announced that he’s bringing his 15 year, fighting career to a close.

Ebersole did not come out for the second round during his bout with Omari Akhmedov on Saturday night, after he incurred a knee injury in the opening frame. Following the event, the 34 year-old announced his retirement, and offered these comments about his career (comments via UFC.com):

“The highlight of my career was probably the fact I cheated the system,” Ebersole said. “I was a decent wrestler, but I never had the accolades of some of these guys like (Daniel) Cormier and (Josh) Koscheck. It was good to come in here and have such a successful MMA career and to get through as many fights as I did, especially early on, without getting beat up.

“We see it now, when guys have two or three fights and that’s enough…So to be able to push through and fight karate guys, fight boxers, fight big, scary heavyweights, and actually get through that and get to where it turned into an art, instead of a fight, really capped my career off.”

Ebersole finishes his career having gone 51-17-1, with 1 no contest, since he made his pro debut back in 2000.

The noted grappler went 1-3 in his last four outings, but before that, Ebersole put together a 11 fight winning streak. Over the years, Ebersole faced big name fighters like Hector Lombard, Chris Lytle, Carlos Newton, Ed Herman and Rick Story, among many others.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:42 am
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