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UFC 149 Round-by-Round Review: James Head vs. Brian Ebersole

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James Head vs. Brian Ebersole

Another welterweight contest is up next, as James Head (8-2) takes on Brian Ebersole (50-14-1). The third man inside the Octagon will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: Ebersole shoots in for a takedown, but Head sprawls and fends it off. Head lands some nice knees to the face and a right to Ebersole. Body kick by Ebersole, as Head comes in and clinches, landing another knee. Head has Ebersole trapped against the cage, and lands some stiff punches. Combo by Ebersole ends with a perfect left to the chin of Head. For the third time, Ebersole shoots in, gives up his next, but can't get the takedown. Head has the guillotine locked in, but Ebersole gives two thumbs-up, saying he's fine. Eberole has been quoted as saying he cannot be choked out with a guillotine. Ebersole with some big blows from the top, as Head ends the round on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Head

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Round 2: Head with a straight right, as he cuts the Octagon off and has Ebersole more planted than he likes. Now, Ebersole starts moving, landing kicks and switching levels. Lots of feeling out this round, as Head starts to find his distance, landing a left and a right. Ebersole fires back with a kick and shoots in for a single-leg but Head with a great sparwl and fends if off for a sixth time. Quick uppercut from a low position by Ebersole. Head lands a knee to the head of Ebersole, but Ebersole winds up on top with a minute to go. Ebersole with a shoulder thrust to the face, and another. Head uses the butterfly sweep and reverses things, as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ebersole

Round 3: Head fends off the takedown attempt again, having allowed just one Ebersole takedown in eight tries. And again, Ebersole with a takedown attempt that Head sprawls and fends off with ease. Stiff jab by Head, followed by a knee to the body. Right lands courtesy of Ebersole. Head takes the back of Ebersole, but he switches and moves out of anything on the ground. Ebersole has been unsuccessful on 11 of 12 takedown tries, as he just doesn't look very into the fight. Not a lot of urgency out of either fighter to win it. Head tries a choke, but Ebersole rolls and winds up on top, finishing the round in a strong position but without doing any damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Head

James Head def. Brian Ebersole via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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