Welterweights Brian Ebersole and Claude Patrick fight in the second bout of the main card of UFC 140.
ROUND ONE: Josh Rosenthal is the referee. Patrick fighting orthodox, Ebersole southpaw. Ebersole circling away, Patrick with center cage. Ebersole lunges forward, Patrick sprawls. Patrick attempts a head control choke. They're still clinched up. Ebersole drives Patrick into the cage. Patrick locks on a guillotine choke and drops into guard. Ebersole gives the ref the thumbs up sign. He's in no danger. Ebersole gets his head free. Patrick stands back up. Patrick moves to a southpaw stance. Ebersole forces another clinch. Again he drives Patrick into the cage. Patrick reverses position and lands some punches just as the round ends. MMA Nation scores it 10-9 for Brian Ebersole.
ROUND TWO: Ebersole fakes a shot. Ebersole lunges in behind an elbow. Patrick chasing Ebersole. They trade inside leg kicks. Ebersole fires a lead right and gets his forearm under Patrick's throat. Patrick fends it off but ends up mugged against the fence again. Ebersole with an elbow/punch combination on the break. They clinch again and Ebersole works for a trip. Patrick lands a knee and a couple of short elbows standing. They break and Patrick shoots. Ebersole stuffs it and they're back to the clinch with Patrick's butt in the fence. They break and Patrick lands a front kick to the body. He seems to have Ebersole cringing. Patrick with another strike that turns Ebersole. Patrick runs to take his back but Ebersole turns. More clinching, this time with Patrick driving Ebersole into the fence. Patrick working from the whizzer. They break. Patrick hurts Ebersole with a combination. Patrick shoots and gets stuffed. MMA Nation scores it 10-9 for Claude Patrick making it 19-19 going into the final round.
ROUND THREE: Ebersole shoots, gets stuffed. Ebersole drives and drives, Patrick rides for a while but Ebersole eventually rolls him to his back. Ebersole inside Patrick's guard. They stand in the clinch. Ebersole has his back, picks him up and slams Patrick to the mat. Ebersole transitions from side back control to back mount to opposite side control. Patrick stands. They're fighting in the clinch again. Again Ebersole pushing Patrick back into the cage. Patrick working for a kimura. Has Ebersole in an odd position. Patrick going for a front figure four choke hold but can't tap Ebersole out. They break and Patrick lands several punches. Ebersole shoots, Patrick stuffs it and again goes for the same choke, another gator roll has his neck really cranked. No dice, Ebersole escapes. MMA Nation scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Claude Patrick.
UFC 140 Results: Brian Ebersole defeats Claude Patrick by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).