Johnny Eblen clashes with Collin Huckbody on Friday, December 3rd at Bellator 272. This Bellator MMA card emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and broadcasts on Showtime.
Eblen is the number five contender at middleweight, as of this writing, within the promotional fold. He aims to maintain his spotless mixed martial arts record and advance even further in Bellator’s hierarchy at 185 pounds.
Johnny Eblen is 9-0 overall as an MMA fighter with a cumulative twelve-fight winning streak dating back to his amateur mixed martial arts contests.
Eblen began his pro-MMA career with Shamrock FC and put together a notable streak of four straight first-round finishes there.
He is 5-0 overall under the Bellator banner specifically.
To get to that double-digit win mark, Eblen must get past the former CFFC middleweight champion Collin Huckbody.
Huckbody rebounded from losing his CFFC gold by capturing the 185-pound belt with Art of Scrap in July. Having previously plied his trade on a variety of circuits (KOTC, LFA, and Contender Series), Collin Huckbody looks to make waves in his Bellator MMA debut by dispatching a top-five ranked contender.
Eblen is as high as a -1500 favorite on certain sports betting books. Huckbody really has a chance to shock the landscape as a +850 underdog.
I spoke with Johnny Eblen at the Bellator 272 pre-fight virtual media day. The excerpt from the interaction between myself and Eblen is below.
Eblen working with Yaroslav Amosov at ATT and the importance of working with a Bellator champion as he carves out his own path to a title shot in the promotion
Johnny Eblen said, “It’s very important. We actually share pretty similar mentalities. Train hard, we like to enjoy training. Kind of chill, we’re happy-go-lucky. We just have fun in there. And it’s nice to be surrounded by champions like him.”
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