Weekly MMA Prospect Report: Come for Bellator, Stay for a Double Shot of LFA

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Johnny Eblen, Bellator 258
Johnny Eblen, Bellator 258 Credit: Bellator MMA

Middleweight, Johnny Eblen (8-0)

Eblen has a background as a Division I wrestler for the University of Missouri and he’s absolutely dominated with takedowns in MMA thus far. On the feet, Eblen bounces in and out throwing the outside leg kick well. Eblen times his shots very well grabbing the single leg and pressing his opponent against the cage then dropping levels executing the double leg. He’s a relentless wrestler and a dang good one. Eblen’s hands are improving and in his last fight he displayed knockout power. He fights Travis Davis (10-4).

Featherweight, Cody Law (3-0)

Between 2018-2020 Cody Law was one of the best amateur prospects as he went 5-0 before going pro. Bellator didn’t pass up the opportunity to sign Law right as he decided to turn pro in October of 2020. Law has looked outstanding. On the feet Law is light on his feet and will strike to engage takedowns so well. Law has top-notch wrestling and the work he does on top is impressive. He has smashing active ground and pound, good positional grappling, and has a dangerous ability to attack the neck. He fights Theodore Macuka (1-0).

We caught up with Law in a 1-on-1 at the Bellator 262 media day this week.

Welterweight, Roman Faraldo (5-0)

Faraldo is mainly a striker as he hardly ever on the mat from the footage available. Faraldo has knockout power, precision, and timing. He can overextend on his punches but has never been caught. For the most part, Faraldo will sit on the outside with long punches and catch his opponents coming in. At anytime he can explode and shut the lights out with his hands, kicks, and knees. I’m not sold fully but he’s looked might dangerous. He fights John Ramirez (5-5).

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Lightweight, Rangel de Sá (10-1)

On the feet, Sa fights with his hands high and a technical approach. Not a guy with the most power but usually he is throwing in twos and combinations. He likes to throw low calf kicks a lot and will throw them to end combinations. Sa has some decent wrestling as well and his jiu-jitsu is strong. Even off his back where he’s dangerous with attacking submissions. Sa is well-rounded and still young so he has a bright future. He fights Ismael Bonfim (14-3).

Bantamweight, Ary Farias (10-2)

Farias is a well-accomplished BJJ ace. He is a BJJ black belt; some of his many accomplishments are 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals in 2011, 1st Place IBJJF European Open in 2011, and 1st Place IBJJF World Championship in 2011 and 2016. Farias is sloppy on the feet but is comfortable just exploding forward to create any kind of takedown or scramble. Along with some high-level jiu-jitsu, Farias has good wrestling and can chain wrestle very well. He fights Marcos Breno (13-2).

Lightweight, Arthur Lima (9-1)

Brazil’s Lima has one loss and that’s to a good prospect in Pavel Gordeev. On the feet, Lima has good kickboxing throwing a lot to the legs, and likes to show more flashy kicks. He has good hands as well throwing just over the shoulder and stays dynamic with his style. He does need to move his head more being his biggest issue. Being talented on the feet he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu. He’s always working to finish actively attacking with submissions in all positions. He fights Rodrigo Lídio (11-2).

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