Bellator 282: Gegard Mousasi vs. Johnny Eblen Betting Analysis and Predictions

We have an outstanding main event middleweight fight as Gegard Mousasi and Johnny Eblen square off for the Bellator MMA picks on Friday night inside of the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Last fights records

Gegard Mousasi has been doing well and is coming off a TKO in the first round at Bellator 275 against Austin Vanderford. Johnny Eblen is coming off an unanimous decision back on Bellator 276 as he defeated John Salter.  

Mousasi vs Eblen Betting Analysis

The betting lines are not sure what to do right now as Mousasi is the champion, but having an undefeated challenger makes it more difficult to figure out which side to bet. 

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Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi has been one of the most experienced fighters in the world today as he has a 49-7-2 record up to this point. He has been doing well as of late as he has a four-fight winning streak p to this point adnd has not lost since Bellator 223 in a majority decision against Raael Lovato Jr. However, he is walking in as the Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship and should be considered very likely to leave with the title still around his waist. 

His strikes carry a lot of power as he has won 28 of his 49 career victories (57 percent) with a knockout, including each of the last two fights. If he can continue to dominate and overwhelm his opponents, it will be a great chance for him to retain his Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship.  

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Johnny “Diamond Hands” Eblen has been one of the best fighters and has climbed extremely quick throughout his career with an undefeated 11-0-0 record. He has been having his fights extended as of late as five of his previous seven fights ended in an unanimous decision. 

Eblen has done pretty well with his powerful strikes as he has won five of his 11 fights (45 percent) via a knockout, but has not been able to do that as of late. If he can continue to dominate as he has throughout his career, it will be a huge step forward in his career and be the pinnacle of his MMA career. 


There has been no injuries that has been recorded during either fighter’s training camp, so that means both competitors should enter the cage at 100 percent for this Bellator MMA clash for the middleweight championship. 

Mousasi vs Eblen Betting Preview

Looking at the consensus MMA betting trends, Gegard Mousasi is walking in as a moderate favorite with -260 odds to retain his Bellator Middleweight Championship. Compare that to the challenger Johnny Eblen as he is currently being listed as a +210 underdog in this matchup.  

Mousasi vs Eblen Betting Prediction

Betting on MMA comes down to matchups and I believe that Gegard Mousasi matches up well against a fighter like Johnny Eblen. First off, Mousasi has been at the top of the mountain while Eblen is continuing his ascent. Mousasi also holds and slight one inch height advantage and a two inch (five centimeter) reach advantage, meaning he can strike from an ever so slightly distance away. 

Having the experience of 58 professional fights under your belt means you have essentially seen anything and everything that an opponent can throw your way and Eblen has been struggling to end fights before the 15 minutes inside the cage concludes. All in all, go with Gegard “The reamcatcher” Mousasi to win this fight and retain his Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship over Johnny “Diamond Hands” Eblen here. 

How to bet on Gegard Mousasi vs Johnny Eblen

In order to bet on this fight, you have to go a sportsbook and go to the MMA tab. Some sportsbooks are going to provide a separate section for Bellator while others will be all inclusive with the MMA odds. If you are not able to find it that way, you can also search up the name of one of the fighters in the search bar to get to their odds. 

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