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Ebersole finds new 'home' at Phuket's Tiger

Ebersole finds new 'home' at Phuket's Tiger

PHUKET: With 65 professional fights, an undefeated 3-0 UFC record, an improbable debut victory over legend Chris Lytle, an impenetrable chin, and an odd fixation with his chest hair, it’s safe to say that Brian Ebersole carries an impressive resume – both as a fighter and as an “interesting” guy.

Thursday 3 May 2012, 03:59PM

Brian Ebersole. Photo: Jeff Sinclair

Brian Ebersole. Photo: Jeff Sinclair

But there’s one major talent in his repertoire that most people are probably unaware of – he’s also a talented coach, mentor, and leader. And that’s exactly why Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp have announced their decision to hire him as their new Head MMA Coach.

After a long-running mutual love affair, the two parties came to an agreement that seemed only natural. Ebersole has been one of Tiger’s favourite guests over the past few years, while the UFC Welterweight has often called Tiger his “home”.

“What can you say about the guy, except that he’s a current UFC superstar, he’s ultra-popular, and he’s super exciting – I mean he does cartwheel kicks!” Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Director Will Elliot said.

“He’s overhauling our entire MMA programme, overseeing the whole thing, and he’ll put his own twist on it. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Ebersole, who will look to improve his record to 4-0 this June at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, has earned a reputation as a gritty, but unorthodox striker.

He started in the sport at the age of five, and it’s what carried him through to a Division I collegiate wrestling scholarship in the United States. And eventually to the pinnacle of competitive mixed martial arts – a UFC contract.

“I have to acknowledge the fact that I’ve gone from being a wrestler to being a martial artist,” he says of his evolution as a fighter.


“Like Randy Couture, I’d like to someday be known as one of the guys that was able to bridge the gap between wrestling and the world of combat sports.”

Tiger’s announcement that Ebersole will be taking over its MMA program comes at the end of his fourth trip out to Phuket.

For Ebersole, one of Thailand’s biggest draws as a training destination is “the affordability and the stress-free lifestyle”. After spending a summer in college traveling to various minor-league MMA venues throughout the Midwestern United States, crashing on buddies’ couches to save money and accepting any and all fights that came his way, he knows a thing or two about the financial struggle of trying to develop an MMA career.

“What really endears me is eventually trying to help put regular guys on a training routine in which they go off to Australia or the US or wherever to work for three months [and make enough money] and they come back here to Thailand to train hard for the other nine.”

His deal with Tiger Muay Thai and MMA will have Ebersole on-site, coaching in Phuket for roughly six months out of the year.

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