Hallman-Ebersole Targeted for UFC 133

By Mike Whitman Apr 21, 2011
Veteran Dennis Hallman will look for his 51st win on Aug. 6. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

A welterweight clash between veterans Dennis Hallman and Brian Ebersole is in the works for UFC 133, the promotion’s sophomore outing in Philadelphia.

Sherdog.com confirmed the prospective matchup with a source close to the bout Thursday following an initial report from MMAJunkie.com. The match has been verbally agreed to, according to the source, though contracts have not yet been signed.

While not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 133 is scheduled to go down Aug. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The event will mark the promotion’s second trip to Pennsylvania this coming summer, as UFC Live 4 will go down at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Arena on June 26. Formerly known as the Wachovia Center, the Wells Fargo Center also housed the promotion’s first trip to the City of Brotherly Love in 2009, as UFC 101 unfolded in front of more than 17,000 fans.

Hallman has experienced a career resurgence as of late, as the 35-year-old has won six of his last seven, including back-to-back victories inside the Octagon. A seven-time UFC veteran, Hallman signed a new contract with the promotion in 2009. Though he was knocked out by John Howard in his return to the UFC, “Superman” rebounded with two straight wins in 2010, besting both Ben Saunders and Karo Parisyan. The Washington native was slated to fight T.J. Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 24 in March, but a knee injury forced Hallman to withdraw from the bout.

An 11-year veteran of the sport, Ebersole made his UFC debut in February, outfoxing Chris Lytle en route to a unanimous decision victory at UFC 127. Leading off with a cartwheel kick, Ebersole was one step ahead of fellow veteran Lytle for the duration of their welterweight scrap in Sydney. An American now residing in Australia, “Bad Boy” has won eight consecutive fights and holds notable victories over Nick Thompson, Carlos Newton and Matt Horwich.

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