Johnny Eblen

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USA

New Bellator Middleweight Champion
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June 28, 2022
Eblen defeated Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision (50-45,50-45,50-45) to become the Bellator Middleweight Champion at Bellator 282 on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.
ANALYSIS
Eblen entered this fight as a (+215) betting underdog, but he nearly put Mousasi away with a flurry in Round 1, and proceeded to dominate the rest of the affair, sweeping the judges' scorecards. As a surprise to some, he did so on the strength of his wrestling -- a skill many thought would lie in the favor of the champion. Eblen is now 12-0 as a pro and 8-0 under the Bellator banner, with six of those wins coming by way of decision. A rematch against the 36-year-old Mousasi could eventually be in the cards on the basis of Mousasi's five championship fight victories under the Bellator banner, but considering the results here, Eblen would presumably enter as the favorite.
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