It’s hard to say where Ebersole stands in the eyes of his employers. On one hand, he’s tough as nails and has enough ability to make most match-ups competitive. On the other, he’s far from explosive and doesn’t seem likely to crack the Top 10 anytime soon. He deserves another shot in the Octagon after enduring some stiff shots from Story and holding on despite spending more than a year on the sidelines due to injury. The company needs to weed out substandard talent, so giving Ebersole a match-up with a rising star in need of a victory like Erick Silva would work, as would a veteran on the cusp of release a la Paulo Thiago.
There were twelve losers emerging from the carnage at UFC 167, though most folks would argue one of the involved men was a victim of circumstance rather than his adversary’s abilities. In the evening’s main event, welterweight Johny Hendricks gave it his all against champion Georges St-Pierre over a 25-minute tilt only to have two of the three judges scoring things see things differently than the rest of the world. What’s next for Hendricks, or the other eleven fighters who lost more decisively, remains to be seen but one thing is for sure – fans will be talking about the event for years to come! (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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