Bettors Side Mostly With Mousasi
The Bellator Middleweight Champion is seeing his MMA betting line shrink with each day. After opening at -270, Gegard Mousasi fell to as low as -320. Arguably the best fighter outside of the UFC, Mousasi has been untouchable since losing the title to Rafael Lovato back in 2019. He looks to turn back another grappler in Johnny Eblen.
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Mousasi Is Bellator’s King
He has been in the MMA game for nearly 20 years and 60 fights but Mousasi is still going strong. The Dutch kickboxer has been fighting for so long he’s shared the ring with the likes of Fedor Emelianenko (sparring) and Akihiro Gono.
Since joining Bellator, Mousasi has been nearly undisputed with a 7-1 record in the promotion. He’s beaten former world champions in Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima and avenged his loss to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida. Since then, he’s made short work of challengers in John Salter and Austin Vanderford.
Mousasi used to be susceptible to wrestling. But a combination of his evolution and MMA judging changing, Mousasi has all but put that to rest. Against a relative newcomer in Eblen, Mousasi should once again roll on the online gambling site as he’s widely expected to.
Eblen Is Mizzou’s Next Great Fighter
Mousasi is a massive step up in competition for Eblen. But he isn’t a bigger underdog thanks to his prestigious background. The 30-year-old hails from the University of Missouri, the same school that produced the likes of former Bellator champions Ben Askren and Michael Chandler. He was a two-time Academic All-MAC alternative and qualifier for the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Since going pro in 2017, Eblen has not had too much trouble beating his competition. He’s used his prolific wrestling to win clear-cut decisions or through TKOs on the mat. He defeated former title challenger John Salter with relative ease to book his first shot at Bellator gold.
If Eblen hopes to beat Mousasi, he will have to go beyond his wrestling. We’re not counting out his ability to pressure Mousasi constantly even if he has to spam takedowns. But that could make him too predictable and a sitting duck for Mousasi’s precise strikes.
Mousasi vs Eblen Head-to-Head
Mousasi is the bigger fighter here as he has an inch in height and two inches in reach against his challenger, Eblen. The “Dreamcatcher” is also six years senior to Eblen and he has over five times more MMA experience.
Mousasi vs Eblen Fight Information
- Fight: Mousasi (C) (49-7-2) vs Eblen (11-0-0)
- Location: Mohegan Sun Arena
- Day/Time: Friday June 24, 6 p.m. ET
- Gegard Mousasi vs Johnny Eblen Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass
Mousasi vs Eblen Betting Lines
|Johnny Eblen||+220||3½ -105o|
|Gegard Mousasi||-300||3½ -125u|
Mousasi vs Eblen Prediction
Can Eblen do what most grapplers before him haven’t? Eblen will need to learn from his coach, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal who once defeated Mousasi along with Lovato Jr., most recent;y. The challenger will need to constantly come at Mousasi and mix up his wrestling with enough striking to keep Mousasi guessing.
While this is possible in theory, we don’t think Eblen has changed much since his last fight. He may have initial success but Mousasi will eventually figure him out and piece him up. This should be business as usual for the Bellator champ so a straight bet online would suffice. For a better payout, parlay Mousasi with another fight on the card or with a UFC bout this Saturday.