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Bellator 282: Johnny Eblen overpowers Gegard Mousasi to win middleweight title

Johnny Eblen used grappling and striking to wrestle the middleweight championship from Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 282 Friday night in Uncasville.

It was an impressive display of domination from Eblen, right from the first round. A stiff shot to the face from Eben seemed to take the starch out of the champion, who was controlled on the ground and on the defensive for much of the fight.

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The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 50-45 for Eblen.

The win keeps Eblen (12-0-0) undefeated in 12 fights. Mousasi (49-8-2) had a four fight win streak snapped with the defeat.

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In the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix tournament, Danny Sabatello and Magomed Magomedov both advanced to the semi-finals with wins.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

BELLATOR 282 PRELIMS

BRYCE LOGAN VS. MANDEL NALLO

 

WINNER: MANDEL NALLO VIA TKO (PUNCH) R1 1:07

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MANDEL NALLO VIA UD

Andrews: That was quick.

AARON JEFFERY VS. FABIO AGUIAR

WINNER: AARON JEFFRY VIA TKO (KNEE AND PUNCHES) R2 3:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: FABIO. AGUIAR VIA UD

 

Andrews: ย Canadian boyย makes good in the second round. Well done, Jeffry.

CODY LAW VS. JAMES GONZALEZ

WINNER: JAMES GONZALEZ VIA UD (29-27, 29-28, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CODY LAW VIA TKO

 

Andrews: ย What happened, Cody?

ALEJANDRA LARA VS. ILARA JOANNE

WINNER: ILARA JOANNE VIA UD (30-26, 29-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEJANDRA LARA VIA SDย 

 

Andrews:ย Lara didย well at the weigh-ins, not so good in the fight.

SABAH HOMASI VS. MAYCON MENDONCA

 

WINNER: SABAH HOMASI VIA TKO (PUNCH) R1 0:58

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SABAH HOMASI VIA TKO

Andrews: Homasi went for it as expected and got it. Well done.

ANATOLY TOKOV VS. MUHAMMAD ABDULLAHย 

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WINNER: ANATOLY TOKOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANATOLY TOKOV VIA UD

 

Andrews: Technique andย experience beats size and strength almostย every time.

#2 CAT ZINGANO VS. PAM SORENSON

 

WINNER: CAT ZINGANO VIA UD (29-26, 29-26, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CAT ZINGANO VIA UD

Andrews: Even with theย injury and point deduction, Cat pulled through. Way to go.

#2 BRENT PRIMUS VS. #8 ALEXANDR SHABILY

WINNER: ALEXANDR SHABILY VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 1:22

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDR SHABILY VIA SUBMISSION

 

Andrews: Shabily is on a mission.

LUCAS BRENNAN VS. JOHNNY SOTO

WINNER: LUCAS BRENNAN VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LUCAS BRENNAN VIA SUBMISSION

 

Andrews: Brennan continues to live the life. Must be nice.

DAN MORET VS. KILLYS MOTA

WINNER: KILLYS MOTA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KILLYS MOTA VIA UDย 

Andrews: Impressive performance by Mota.

Andrews Prediction: Kilys Mota via UD

BRENNAN WARD ย VS. KASSIUS KAYNE

WINNER: BRENNAN WARD VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRENNAN WARD VIA TKOย 

Andrews:ย Ward took advantage of the rookie, which was expected.

#4 MAGOMED MAGOMEDOV VS. #10 ENRIQUE BARZOLAย 

WINNER: MAGOMED MAGOMEDOV VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R4 1:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ENRIQUE BARZOLA VIA UD

Andrews: Magomed was simply better. On to the semis.

#6 LEANDRO HIGO VS. #9 DANNY SABATELLO

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WINNER: DANNY SABATELLO VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LEANDRO HIGO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews:ย Okay, so Sabatello backed up his talk. Good job.

MAIN EVENT

GEGARD MOUSASI VS. JOHNNY EBLEN

WINNER: JOHNNY EBLEN VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GEGARD MOUSASI VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! I was not expecting a dominant win like that.ย Perhaps its time for Mousasi to move on or hang ’em up.

The next Bellator event is Bellator 283, which is scheduled for July 22 at the Emerald Queen and Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Lightweight champion Patricky Pitbull takes on Sidney Outlaw in the main event.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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