Bellator 282 Preview

Gegard Mousasi

Tomorrow night, Bellator returns and there’s a jam packed card for fight fans. In the main event of the evening, the middleweight championship is on the line as the champion Gegard Mousasi (49-7-2) takes on undefeated challenger Johnny Eblen (11-0).

For Mousasi, he’s going to be looking to defend his title for the third time. After becoming Bellator champion initially, Mousasi lost his title to Rafael Lovato Jr, but after Lovato Jr was forced to retire, Mousasi once again became champion.

He did that by defeating Douglas Lima. In his first two title defenses, he ran through challengers John Salter and previously unbeaten Austin Vanderford. The Vandorford fight was incredibly impressive back at Bellator 275.

At Bellator 276, Eblen put on an impressive performance when he defeated John Salter by decision. Overall, he’s a perfect 7-0 since joining Bellator. He’s going to be looking to use his wrestling to challenge the great Gegard Mousasi tomorrow night.

Rest of Bellator 282

In addition to the Bellator middleweight title fight that goes down tomorrow night, there is a couple of matchups in the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix. In the co-main event, the entertaining Danny Sabatello (12-1) takes on Leandro Higo (21-5).

This is a fight that has some major heat and it should be an entertaining scrap. Sabatello has made a name for himself with his ability to talk, but make no mistake about it, Sabatello is a great fighter and he has another chance to prove that tomorrow night.

Leandro Higo has won three straight including wins over Darrion Caldwell and Ricky Bandejas leading up to Bellator 282. Before this matchup is another Grand Prix matchup featuring Magomed Magomedov (18-2) and Enrique Barzola (18-5-2).

In the prelims, there’s another fight that you should pay attention to. That’s the women’s featherweight fight between Cat Zingano (12-4) and Pam Sorenson (9-4). Zingano will look to stay unbeaten in Bellator and she’s hoping to earn a shot at Cris Cyborg with a win over Sorenson tomorrow night.

Bellator booking middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Johnny Eblen

Gegard Mousasi

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.

Bellator 276 Preview

Saturday night, Bellator returns to action and they have a very solid fight card coming to Showtime. In the main event of the evening, two of the best featherweights in the promotion will clash over five rounds as Adam Borics (17-1) takes on Mads Burnell (16-3).

This fight has huge implications in the Bellator featherweight division. Coming up next month, AJ McKee and Patricio Pitbull will be rematching for the featherweight title. Depending on the result of that fight, whoever wins this fight at Bellator 276 could very well be next in line.

Since joining Bellator back in 2017, Adam Borics has nearly been perfect. He’s 8-1 with the lone loss coming via submission against Darrion Caldwell. Most notably, Borics has a knockout win over Aaron Pico and he looked great in his decision win over Jeremy Kennedy last April.

Mads Burnell is going to be looking to stay perfect inside the Bellator cage. After a 1-2 run in the UFC a few years back, Burnell went on a run that landed him with Bellator. After joining the promotion, he’s stormed out of the gate.

He has fought three times and won all three fights. Most notably, he defeated two-time title challenger Emmanuel Sanchez by decision. As mentioned, this main event at Bellator 276 is very likely a title eliminator at 145 pounds.

Rest of Bellator 276

In addition to the big time featherweight main event, Bellator 276 has some additional fights that fans should be paying attention to. One to look at would be the co-main event which features former light heavyweight champion Phil Davis (23-6) and Julius Anglickas (10-2).

Last time we saw Phil Davis was when he took on Yoel Romero in Romero’s Bellator debut. Davis used a wrestling heavy attack to fatigue Romero and he won a split decision although it was pretty unanimous in my opinion.

That win made him 4-1 in his last five with the lone loss coming to Vadim Nemkov. The last time we saw Anglickas was when he stepped in on short-notice to take on Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 268. Anglickas almost shocked the world when he hurt Nemkov, but he couldn’t put the champion away.

Ultimately, Anglickas fell to the champion. Now, he’s looking to take out a former champion in his first fight back. One more fight to keep your eye on is the middleweight contest between John Salter (18-5) and Johnny Eblen (10-0).

Given how shallow middleweight is, if Eblen gets the win, he could be next in line to fight Gegard Mousasi. Multiple potential title eliminators will happen at Bellator 276 which should create a fun show.