Bellator 282 predictions — Gegard Mousasi vs. Johnny Eblen: Fight card, begin time, odds, dwell stream

For 16 years, Gegard Mousasi has been a related participant on the worldwide middleweight scene. On Friday night time, Mousasi appears to as soon as once more show there’s lots within the tank when he defends his middleweight championship towards Johnny Eblen in the principle occasion of Bellator 282. The four-fight essential card goes down from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (9 p.m. ET, Showtime).

Mousasi (49-7-2) final appeared in February when he put his title on the road towards then-undefeated Austin Vanderford. Despite getting into as solely a minor underdog towards the champion, Vanderford did not make it to the 90-second mark of the combat earlier than Mousasi completed him with strikes.

The efficiency towards Vanderford was classic Mousasi. Since bursting onto the worldwide scene on Pride Fighting Championships’ Bushido exhibits, Mousasi has been some of the constant fighters on the earth. Over 58 fights, Mousasi has by no means misplaced back-to-back regardless of competing at a excessive stage for such an prolonged time frame.

Now on a 12-1 run since 2016, a stretch that features leaving the UFC whereas on a five-fight profitable streak and a run of 4 consecutive knockouts, Mousasi has positioned himself as a worthy king of the 185-pound division.

Eblen (11-0) enters his title alternative in almost the identical place as Vanderford: undefeated, assured and as a slight underdog.

Eblen has fought his final seven fights within the Bellator cage, working his approach by way of the competitors and climbing the ladder earlier than a choice win over John Salter lastly earned him an opportunity to battle Mousasi for the championship.

Bellator 282 additionally encompasses a pair of quarterfinal fights within the stacked Bantamweight World Grand Prix. Leandro Higo faces Danny Sabatello whereas Magomed Magomedov battles Enrique Barzola. Barzola and Sabatello each needed to battle their approach into the match through wild card bouts as accidents opened up slots within the area.

Bellator 282 combat card, odds

Gegard Mousasi (c) -270

Johnny Eblen +220

Middleweight championship

Danny Sabatello -625

Leandro Higo +450

Bantamweight Grand Prix

Magomed Magomedov -160

Enrique Barzola +135

Bantamweght Grand Prix

Brennan Ward -260

Kassius Kayne +210

Welterweight

Prediction

Eblen has solely completed two of his seven Bellator opponents. That’s a bit regarding given his stage of opposition has been nowhere close to that of Mousasi and the champion has 4 stoppage wins in his eight Bellator fights, most of which that on the championship stage. Eblen is having to make a large leap in competitors for this combat and Mousasi is a superb fighter who takes benefit of almost each mistake an opponent makes.

Look for Mousasi to bust Eblen up on the toes with easy placing combos that drive Eblen into determined spots. When fighters get determined towards Mousasi, he exploits the holes that desperation creates. This needs to be one other good night time for Mousasi. Pick: Gegard Mousasi through TKO2

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