UFC On FX 4: Brian Ebersole Weighs In On UFC Injury Issues
Brian Ebersole is set to take on this coming weekend. Here is a few snippets of an interview with Steph Daniels from last week.
I recently conducted an short interview with Brian, and got his take on the fight, as well as a possible move back to the United States, and what he thinks of the current wave of injuries the UFC is currently experiencing with it’s fighters.
Stephie Daniels: Where have you been training for this fight?
Brian Ebersole: It’s been a bit of a tri nations affair. I started out in Australia when I signed the fight, then I went to Thailand and trained four weeks there, and finally to America for the last seven weeks leading in. I spent a little bit of time in Chicago with a former college teammate of mine, Kyle Bracey, and then spent some time with Matt Hughes‘ coach, Marc Fiore. I went for two weeks out to Robert Drysdale’s in Vegas, and now I’m back at Marc Fiore’s for my last hard week of training.
Stephie Daniels: You’re currently on a ten fight win streak. Do you feel that there’s more pressure than ever to win because you feel the necessity to maintain the streak, or is it less, because you’ve got ten consecutive wins behind you?
Brian Ebersole: There’s always pressure to win. It affects the next phase of your career. After winning a couple fights, I know I’m not getting any easy ones, not that there are any guys on the welterweight roster in the UFC. Even outside the UFC, you go on these win streaks, you’re not going to get handed easy fights. The pressure is always there, especially with the run I’m on. I don’t know how far away I am from getting a big shot, whether that be a big contract, a big fight or getting to headline a card. Those are the opportunities that we sit and wait for, and you obviously have to be coming off of a win to get those.
A fight is a fight, and we tend to look at it one at a time. Going back over my career, the fights where I came in pressure free, were the ones I came in as the underdog. When I fought Chris Lytle, everyone thought I was the underdog, and I was very comfortable with that match-up. When I fought Carlos Newton, again I was the underdog, but I also felt comfortable with the match-up. I was able to perform in those two fights specifically, at a very high level and with a very good flow, because I didn’t sit and think and worry. The fights that have really had me most nervous, are the up and comers, especially in Australia. If I lose to that guy, that’s a really big setback, so the win didn’t really get me that much, the paydays were ok, but not great, but a loss could have really devastated me, and put me right on the back burner.
Read the entire interview at http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/6/13/3082384/ufc-on-fx-4-brian-ebersole-says-fighters-need-to-concede-more-in-training