Ebersole tries his cartwheel kick again, and again it doesn’t land flush. Lytle scores with a combination and Ebersole drags him down. Lytle uses the cage to walk up and goes for another guillotine. Lytle pulls guard one more time, then gets on top when Ebersole tries to turn the corner. He gets Ebersole on his back and the choke looks tight, but Ebersole survives. Ebersole pops loose and puts Lytle’s back to the cage. Nice elbow over the top from Ebersole as they stand in the clinch. Referee Perceval calls for a break to replace Lytle’s mouthguard. When they resume, it’s Ebersole kneeing in the clinch, then dragging Lytle down with 45 seconds to go in the fight. Ebersole stands over Lytle, who upkicks and then gets his mouthpiece knocked out again when Ebersole dives through his guard. Lytle’s face is covered with blood when time expires.
Official scores: The judges’ scorecards read 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, all in favor of Brian Ebersole, who takes a unanimous decision in his UFC debut.