EXCLUSIVE | UFC 167’s Brian Ebersole Breaks Down Fight With Rick Story
Going into a much-anticipated showdown with Rick Story this Saturday, UFC 167’s Brian Ebersole is more than ready. Since his debut, in which he upset highly touted UFC veteran Chris Lytle, Ebersole has displayed great prowess as well as wacky antics (such as wheel kicks and chest hair patterns). It’s safe to say that there is no shortage of entertainment coming from Brian Ebersole, and he is more than excited to entertain once again after being on the sidelines for over a year. After an extended period of time spent out of the octagon, Ebersole voices his intentions to stay more active and avoid the stigma of cage rust.
“I’m going to try to stay fit. I’m due to return back to Phuket (Thailand) and Tiger Muay Thai on February 21st to resume training there. I may make that into the first month of my fight camp, or maybe even the second month. I’ll be in Australia in January, and I’m going to be able to train almost every day. I’m also going to be in my hometown in Illinois throughout December, and I’ll be wrestling with my high school team everyday. I’m really looking to try to stay committed and stay fit.”
Ebersole even flirts with the prospect of a return to lightweight (the division that he called home in 2009). Though the current welterweight has made plans to improve himself in the long run, by no means has he taken his eyes off of the challenge in front of him; Rick “The Horror” Story.
“We’re both wrestlers, so we’re definitely going to collide when we throw big strikes. Our first instinct is probably to try to grab something off of those strikes. I think this fight is going to have a lot of clinching, and one of us is going to have to break that clinch into a takedown or set up a significant strike off of it. I definitely think that you’re going to see a clinch game, but hopefully it will be a quicker paced clinch game like what I had against Claude Patrick.”
Ebersole believes that the essential key to victory for either fighter (given their similarity) will be to either transition smoothly from striking to wrestling or vice-versa. With a newfound spark of rekindled motivation and an abundance of talent at Tiger Muay Thai ( including former UFC star Roger Huerta), there is little doubt that the ever-entertaining Ebersole is ready for action this Saturday. In addition to a new passion in his own career, he has started working with the Fund a Fighter campaign (an organization designed to bring fans and fighters together for the benefit of the athletes, spectators, and the sport all together) to garner support from the fans by offering several alluring and enticing prizes in gratitude of donations given. Also, he has shown his concern and unconditional care for everyday people in general through his support of the Vasyli Foundation. This foundation assists young adults in finding a good start in the professions that they want to pursue, despite whatever tough upbringing or past troubles they have had. To support both Brian and his sponsors, visit Fundafighter.com and Vasylifoundation.org.