With an outstanding performance in Connecticut, American Johnny Eblen defeated reigning champion Gegard Mousasi to claim the Bellator middleweight championship.
Eblen defeated Mousasi in the first round despite being a huge underdog because he outperformed the champion in every category.
To end Mousasi’s 19-month tenure as champion, all three judges gave Eblen a decisive 50-45 points victory. “My belt is that. None of you had confidence in me, “said Eblen, 30.
The American, who was in his first title fight and knew he was going to be named the winner, fell to his knees before the scorecards were given, but he quickly got to his feet after hearing some encouraging words from his coach, Muhammad Lawal. Eblen said, “I almost didn’t trust in myself.
According to him, very few people believed that the inexperienced Eblen had a chance against the seasoned great Mousasi.
The 36-year-old Dutchman has been oozing with confidence in recent battles, appearing to uncover a new level to his game despite having participated in 58 fights before to his encounter with Eblen. Mousasi has held the title since October 2020.
But after an action-packed minute and a half, Eblen took control and connected with a powerful right to Mousasi’s nose.
The champion fell to his knees at once, but managed to pull himself to safety by catching hold of the approaching Eblen.
It’s not the first time Mousasi has suffered an unexpected loss. His legendary career has included some amazing victories as well as some devastating defeats against players like Rafael Lovato Jr., Uriah Hall, and Eblen’s coach Lawal.
After his 12th victory and becoming only the second person to defeat Mousasi since 2016, Eblen, who is unbeaten, won’t be concerned about any of that.
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