Exclusive: Gegard Mousasi Fancies Rematch With Johnny Eblen After Fabian Edwards Fight At Bellator 296

Mousasi believes he should get a title shot with a win at Bellator 296.

Mousasi Eblen
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Gegard Mousasi wants to reclaim his throne once again.

Mousasi Wants To Run It Back With Eblen

The former Bellator Middleweight Champion lost his world title to Johnny Eblen at Bellator 282 last June, dropping a rather lopsided unanimous decision. There would be no immediate rematch for the longtime reigning Mousasi, who now has to face Fabian Edwards at Bellator 296. 

Mousasi’s mission to get back to the title is very simple. 

“Just go back and beat Fabian and then get a rematch,” Mousasi told Middle Easy.

Room For Improvement In The Rematch

Eight months removed from his defeat to Eblen, Mousasi believes there is much improvement to be made in a potential rematch with ‘The Human Cheat Code’. 

“There’s always mistakes, things that didn’t go well. So yeah, a lot of things that I could have done better, a hundred percent. But, I learned from it. I think he did a great job and I messed up. So, I could have done a lot better, I believe. That’s what we are going to do next time.”

What Went Wrong For Mousasi

Mousasi isn’t one to make excuses for his losses, but he pointed out that everything wasn’t perfect for him leading into the fight and obviously in the fight itself. 

“Last two weeks I wasn’t feeling [good]. I had a cough and I was feeling fatigued, but that’s not an excuse. Weight cut was difficult, more difficult than normal…

“He caught me well in the first round. I saw him dizzy after that. The whole five rounds, I was seeing him blurry, to be honest.”

Title Shot? Probably.

‘The Dreamcatcher’ is confident that the winner of him vs. Fabian Edwards will be next in line to challenge Johnny Eblen. 

“Yeah, probably,” Mousasi said, when asked if the matchup had title implications. “Because I don’t know who’s next like the #1 or #2. So, probably yeah.”

Published on February 23, 2023 at 6:15 pm
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