Johnny Eblen signs new multi-fight deal with Bellator; hopes to fight for middleweight title in 2022
Johnny Eblen has looked fantastic so far throughout his professional career.
Right now, Eblen is currently 10-0 in his professional career and six of those wins have come inside of the Bellator cage.
Earlier this month, Eblen only needed 71 seconds to secure his latest victory when his finished Collin Huckbody at Bellator 272. That win almost marks his second first round finish in his last three bouts.
As a result of all of the success, Bellator has signed Eblen to another multi-fight contract. Ever since joining the promotion, Eblen has not needed to test free agency as Bellator keeps presenting him with new contracts and he believes that’s because Bellator sees his talent and wants to keep him around.
Right now, Eblen sits at No. 4 in the official Bellator MMA rankings. Due to his high ranking, a title shot appears to be right around the corner and if Eblen gets his way, he will fight in February against the No. 2 ranked middleweight contender in John Salter, who just lost a middleweight title fight against reigning champ Gegard Mousasi.
If Eblen is to get that fight and win, he thinks there is a very good possibility that he will challenge the winner of the upcoming middleweight championship fight between Mousasi and Eblen’s American Top Team teammate Austin Vanderford, who is undefeated and ranked at the divisions No. 1 contender. The Mousasi and Vanderford bout has recently been announced as the main event of Bellator 274 which will take place from the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland on Feb. 25.
After his new contract signing, Eblen talked with MyMMANews about his new contract, training at American Top, his place in the middleweight division, the upcoming middleweight championship fight between Mousasi and Vanderford and how he is feels like he is just starting to peak and breakthrough in his career.
You can watch his full interview in the video above.