- Gegard Mousasi has opened as the betting favorite against Johnny Eblen.
- Mousasi is currently listed at -245 odds with Eblen coming back at +195 at the best MMA betting sites.
- Mousasi and Eblen will headline Bellator 282 on June 24th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unasville, Connecticut.
Oddsmakers are picking Gegard Mousasi to remain as Bellator world middleweight champion at Bellator 282.
According to the best MMA betting sites, the current champion is the -245 betting favorite in the third title defense of his second reign as Bellator middleweight king. Challenger Johnny Eblen came back as the +195 underdog when the betting lines opened:
Bellator 282 Opening Odds:
Johnny Eblen (+195)
Gegard Mousasi (-245) https://t.co/eaHax6c18D #Bellator282
— FightOdds.io (@FightOdds_io) June 14, 2022
Mousasi and Eblen are expected to headline Bellator 282 on June 24th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Pure Brilliance from Mousasi
Pure brilliance from @Mousasi_MMA. 🔥
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) February 25, 2022
Mousasi displayed pure brilliance in his first-round knockout of Austin Vanderford at Bellator 275 last February 25, 2022, in Ireland. The win was his second successful defense of the Bellator world middleweight title which he won from Douglas Lima at Bellator 250 in October 2020. The Dreamcatcher knocked out John Salter in his first title defense at Bellator 264 last August 13, 2021.
The 36-year-old Mousasi is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and DREAM middleweight and light heavyweight champion. Mousasi campaigned in the UFC and was the promotion’s no. 4 ranked middleweight when he left for Bellator. He first won the Bellator title in 2018 but lost the belt in a close majority decision against Rafael Lovator Jr. at Bellator 223. Mousasi is 49-7 with 28 knockouts and 12 submission victories.
This is Mousasi’s 4th shortest opening odds since joining Bellator, and his third-shortest as champion. The Dreamcatcher opened at -400 odds against Salter and also hit the betting boards at -405 when he lost to Lovato.
Johnny Eblen Defeats John Salter via Unanimous Decision
— Bellator Public Relations (@BellatorPR) March 13, 2022
Eblen picked up the biggest win of his MMA career when he defeated former NAIA National Champion and former Bellator title challenger John Salter at Bellator 276 last March 12th. The win earned a world title shot for the former University of Missouri wrestler who remained undefeated in 11 professional MMA bouts.
The 30-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida began his MMA career at Shamrock FC and won all of his four bouts there via stoppage. He joined Bellator in 2019 and went the distance in his first three appearances in the Bellator Cage. Eblen is 7-0 under the promotion and overall, he has a record of 11-0 with five knockouts and one submission victory.
Eblen will be the betting underdog for the first time since opening at +240 odds against Taylor Johnson at Bellator 250 when he fought in the undercard of Mousasi vs Lima. He won that bout via unanimous decision. In his last bout against Salter, Eblen opened at -180 odds and closed as the heavy -400 betting favorite.