Ebersole Says He Would Live In A Gym
Posted on 14 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Brian Ebersole (49-14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) recently told MMA Junkie that he would live in a gym if he could.
Recent critics have argued that the string of injuries in UFC is due to over-training, but that doesn't seem to stop Ebersole. He is currently on a ten fight win streak and will face T.J. Waldburger (15-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next week, June 22 at UFC on FX 4. The event takes place at the Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. It will air on FX with three other fights, with preliminary fights on FUEL TV and Facebook. Ebersole said his biggest improvements came when he lived above the gyms where he trained.
Ebersole is an American who married an Austrailian and spend much of his MMA career in the country. He is now the head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand.
Several UFC fighters have been taken off of headlining bouts and co-main events due to injury. Some say taht the new health insurance is a possible reason, while others say they train too much. Ebersole has had 65 pro fights and twelve years in MMA and sees no reason to stop now.
He lived above a gym in Melbourne where he trained for a fight with Dennis Hallman and he lives across from a gym in Thailand. With all of his hard work, he's 14-1 since early 2007. His only loss came to Hector Lombard, a former Bellator champion.
Ebersole has competed mostly against 30-year-olds since his UFC signing, but now with Waldburger he faces a younger opponent with a 6-1 streak.
On his love of the gym: "Ideally, I'd still be living in a gym. When I first was doing this and started really making some big strides in Australia, I was living in the gym. I could walk down to the gym any time of the day in my underwear to kick a bag. And as funny as that sounds, I was doing that quite regularly at 11 or 12 o'clock at night."
On pushing himself: "I'd always get that third workout in at night. It didn't matter how hard I went. It was just getting that energy out, and I slept better. I just couldn't justify sitting around after a 6 o'clock workout and not doing anything for four or five hours. It's lifestyle, and it's got to be done. You dont want to leave anything to chance when you get in the octagon. You want to have confidence in that you've done everything to get ready for that day."
On his opponent: "This is the first time I've got a young one to go at. I'm doing all right with the younger guys in the gym, so I'm hoping my conditiong will be there to keep pushing this kid and make him uncomfortable. With this kid, I'm hoping the longer the fight goes, the more and more things he tries to do I've shut down, and he has to go to his other options."