Bellator 262: Unbeaten Johnny Eblen Believes Title Shot May Come Towards End of New Contract


Uncasville, CT — Johnny Eblen is looking to continue his undefeated streak at Bellator 262. And his whole American Top Team crew is in tow this week, although “with the whole quarantine order in right now, it’s not like it used to be.”

“But it’s nice, it’s nice to go and work out, and lose some weight or getting a workout in the workout room and having teammates there, having a couple coaches — that’s the benefit of it,” he told Cageside Press during Wednesday’s media day.

Eblen said he would fight anyone the promotion wanted, “and I’m obliging with who they want me to fight.” Travis Davis, who is a promotional newcomer, wasn’t Eblen’s original opponent this Friday, however. Originally, it was Khalid Murtazaliev, the middleweight revealed. Khalid fell through, and Davis stepped in.

“Hopefully after this, maybe a top ten guy, but who knows.”

At 8-0, with the potential of 9-0 on the horizon, Eblen is inching closer to a potential title shot. When might that come, in his mind? “I just signed a four-fight deal so probably around the end of that deal, hopefully we’re looking at a title shot.”

As for how he gets it done this Friday night against Davis, who is a well-traveled veteran of the regional circuit, “this one’s tough, but I think I get a finish. Whether it’s in the first, second, or third, but I think I finish this guy.”

Watch the full Bellator 262 media day interview with Johnny Eblen above. The event takes place Friday, July 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.


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