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Pressure makes a Diamond Handed Performance.


The Champ’s cage walk. Photo: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

Dublin - The 3Arena in Dublin was the stage for a thrilling middleweight title fight between the champion Johnny Eblen and the challenger Fabian Edwards. The two fighters had a heated rivalry that boiled over at the weigh-ins, where’re they had to be separated. The fans were eager to see them settle their score in the cage, and they were not disappointed.


The first round was a close one, with both fighters exchanging leg kicks and trying to impose their will. Edwards, who was coming off an impressive win over Gegard Mousasi, showed good takedown defense and landed more strikes than Eblen, who is undefeated in his professional career. The judges gave the round to Edwards, who looked confident and composed.


Edwards with a front kick to the body. Photo: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

The second round was more of the same, with both fighters trading leg kicks and punches. Eblen managed to get Edwards to the ground for a brief moment, but the challenger quickly got back to his feet. The Assassin landed a nice elbow on the break that opened a cut on Eblens’ forehead, but the champion shrugged it off and continued to press forward. The round was a close one, but Eblen edged it out with his aggression.


Eblen lands an outside leg kick. Photo: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

The third round was the decisive one, as Eblen landed a devastating right hook that dropped Edwards to the canvas after Fabian stuck him in the opening minute. Eblen followed up with a barrage of ground and pound, including a vicious elbow that knocked Edwards out cold. The referee stepped in to stop the fight, and Eblen celebrated his thrilling victory.


Emotions ran high for Eblen Post Fight. Photo: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

Eblen was ecstatic and emotional after the fight. The cut gave him added motivation to bring it to a close before the doctors could possibly call it off. At the post fight press conference he called out Aaron Jeffery. Though Jeffery is a welterweight, he has rubbed the champ the wrong way and he wants to settle their differences through competition.


“Pressure” hit the release valve in the cage to take his belt back to the US in a signature victory.  He proved that he was a force to be reckoned with, and quite possibly the top Middleweight in the world.

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