Fabian Edwards will face Johnny Eblen for the Bellator middleweight title in Dublin in September after beating Gegard Mousasi in an eliminator.
British star Edwards defeated former two-time champion Mousasi by way of unanimous resolution in Paris on Friday evening at Bellator 296 – earlier than he was confronted within the ring by Eblen.
A conflict between the 2 was confirmed for September 23, when Edwards will probably be trying to comply with his brother Leon – the reigning UFC welterweight champion – in claiming MMA gold.
No siblings have held titles on the identical time throughout a number of main MMA promotions.
“Yet another battle till I get that gold belt and make historical past,” mentioned Edwards, who prolonged his successful streak to a few fights since back-to-back defeats to Costello van Steenis (September 2020) and Austin Vanderford (Might 2021).
Edwards, who had Leon in his nook in Paris, noticed his conflict with Mousasi stopped within the second spherical after an unlawful knee from his opponent.
However the 30-year-old didn’t let that have an effect on him as he bossed the rest of the competition, proving a lot the cleaner striker.
Talking in his post-fight interview, Edwards mentioned: “There are ranges. After I suffered my losses. Lots of people wrote me off, thought I used to be completed.”
Mousasi had misplaced the Bellator middleweight title to Eblen in his earlier battle, overwhelmed by way of unanimous resolution in June of final yr at Bellator 282 in Connecticut.