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UFC 140: Brian Ebersole over Claude Patrick

Claude Patrick lies on the mat at the

Claude Patrick lies on the mat at the end of the third round before the judges award the fight to Brian Ebersole during UFC 140. (Dec. 10, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Either this was a boring fight, or an impressive display of how to defend against submission choke holds when there's a fighter with his arms wrapped around your neck.

It all depends on your point of view -- and that of the judges as well.

Brian Ebersole was awarded the split decision victory over Claude Patrick in a welterweight bout at UFC 140 inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"I'm very thankful to get a decision in his hometown," said Ebersole (49-14-1), winner of 10 straight fights.

The loss stopped a 13-fight win streak for Patrick.


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