Bellator has finalized it’s next title match in the middleweight division. Ariel Helwani was the first to report earlier today that the promotion was targeting a middleweight title fight between the champion Gegard Mousasi (49-7-2) and undefeated challenger Johnny Eblen (11-0).
We now know that the fight is done and it will take place in June. The finer details are still being worked out, but Johnny Eblen is getting his crack at the champion Gegard Mousasi.
Eblen just fought back at Bellator 276 a little over a week ago. That night, he took on John Salter in a big fight for the middleweight division. Eblen was able to defeat Salter and establish himself as the number one contender.
The American Top Team product first came onto the Bellator scene back in 2019 when he was just 4-0. Since joining the promotion, he’s gone 7-0 which has positioned him perfectly to take on arguably the most decorated champion the promotion has to offer.
Bellator Middleweight Title Fight
Make no mistake about it, when talking about the best middleweights in the world, you have to mention Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has been in every major promotion and he’s won big fights every where he’s gone.
He’s also won world championships in every organization outside of the UFC including Bellator where he currently reigns. Since joining Bellator back in 2017, Mousasi has nearly been perfect.
Overall, he’s gone 7-1 with the lone loss coming to Rafael Lovato Jr. However, he bounced back strong after that loss and he’s won four straight to regain the Bellator title and defend it.
The last time we saw him was last month when he took on Austin Vanderford in Ireland. Mousasi made quick work of the then undefeated challenger and stopped him in under 90 seconds. It was a massive statement by the Bellator champion.
Now, he’s getting another young and undefeated challenger. Will Eblen suffer the same fate? We will find out in June.