Brian Ebersole has become a fan favorite since his debut in the UFC in February of 2011, with his whimsical personality and fan support, as well as his skillful presence inside the Octagon. With 50 career wins and a current 4-fight UFC win streak going, his popularity continues to rise, yet he still makes time for his fans. Ebersole is currently slated for a welterweight matchup with James Head at UFC 149 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21st, which comes just less than a month away from his impressive win against TJ Waldburger at UFC on FX 3. No Brian Ebersole interview would be complete, of course, without mention of the now-famous “hairrow” and his unique cartwheel kick. We delved into those subjects along with a few others, as FighterStyle caught up with “The White Anderson Silva” (TWAS) to get a bit of insight into what makes him the fighter he is today. He responded to each question with candor and even a little humor, to our great delight.
What is your preferred MMA clothing brand?
TapouT and Hayabusa are the two brands I wear. Between my cauliflower ears and these recognizable brands, folks can easily figure out what I do! LOL.
What about for training gear?
As far as equipment, Hayabusa. They have produced the most durable and comfortable equipment I’ve tried. I began with a bag full of equipment in early 2010, and I still use everything in that bag to this day. Previous to that, I’d never had equipment last so long. I either ruined it with use or gave it away because it wasn’t comfortable.
What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re training/working out?
Huge range. Country music, zen instrumentals, Rocky soundtracks, Metallica, etc.
Do you know what your walkout song will be for your next fight?
Undecided. Truly, I don’t know yet.
Will we be seeing the infamous “hairrow” at UFC 149?
Who do you look up to and admire? Why?
I look up to Skyscrape from TapouT, because he’s really tall. I admire folks that are smart enough to use their brains to earn a living, as opposed to their brawn.
As a fellow Midwesterner, I’d love to know: What was your favorite part of growing up in the Midwest?
I don’t know, I didn’t really grow up there. I grew tall whilst there, but it wasn’t until I moved out of the Midwest that I was able to actually grow up.
How did the cartwheel kick come about?
I see people doing spinning heel kicks, plus knowing that the force generated is quite strong and the heel is the hardest bone…. It was a technique I wanted to add. But not being flexible, I had to think outside the box and find a way to put my heel to someone’s head. The cartwheel was the solution, and I began throwing it during bouts. I’ve landed a few, over the years.
Editor’s Note: Brian Ebersole is a true veteran of MMA and an honorable ambassador of the sport. He provides unwavering support for his fans, while producing thrilling fights at a consistent pace that becomes magnetic for those who watch MMA. We wish him the best in his fight against James Head on the 21st, and hope that he comes away with yet another UFC victory under his belt. If you would like to wish him the best, or just get in touch, you can find Brian Ebersole on Twitter via @TwasEbersole. We at FighterStyle would like to thank Brian for taking the time out of his busy training schedule to answer these questions, and we look forward to seeing him back in action next weekend!