Johnny Eblen: Top 3 MMA Finishes

Johnny Eblen, born on December 13th, 1991, has carved an unbeaten 15-0 path in the MMA world, currently holding the prestigious title of Bellator Middleweight Champion. His journey, marked by resilience and skill, showcases a champion’s rise from state wrestling glory to MMA dominance.

At an imposing height of 6’1” and proudly holding the prestigious no.5 spot in Bellator men’s pound-for-pound rankings, Johnny Eblen, now 32, is not only a world-class fighter but also a master of nicknames. Recently bidding farewell to his latest moniker, “The Human Cheat Code,” he has quite the history in this department.

Previous aliases include “Diamond Hands,” which preceded “Seoulja Boy,” a nod to his Korean heritage, and “Jeblen,” a moniker that has stood the test of time since his college days. At the moment, Johnny Eblen’s nickname is “Pressure” on his Tapology page, but who knows for how long…

One consistent thing in his career, however, is his winning record. Unbeaten in the realm of MMA, he is a formidable opponent. His next challenge is the PFL VS BELLATOR Live event, for which he is currently in fight camp. With the recent merger of the PFL and Bellator, the champions will go up against each other to prove who is the greatest of them all.

So, without further ado, let’s see precisely why he has such a fantastic, unbeaten run as we dive into Johnny Eblen’s Top 3 MMA Finishes! (in descending order)

3. Vs. Daniel Madrid – Bellator 258 (May 7, 2021)

As the hands met in respect at the start of the first round, Eblen tested his range with some low kicks and lunging low jabs.

Madrid however wanted to take this to the ground with his 15 submission victories from 18 total victories.

Eblen though remains patient taking a low kick or two from Madrid and still tries some combinations.

Madrid seems very calm however – maybe even too calm. At 2:44 Eblen uses his power to throw some powerful hooks, landing a beautiful left hook on Madrid’s chin taking it to the ground for the win.

2. Vs. Raymond Gray – Shamrock FC 298 (Nov. 18, 2017)

After a quick glove touch, and we were off with Gray throwing out a spinning back kick with no set up with Eblen attacking swiftly, tackling Gray to the ground and getting his back.

This fight was telegraphed to end quickly as he managed to grab Gray’s wrist and lay down the ground and pound. He flattening out Gray and served up a big elbow which struck fear into Gray as he tried to stand up but failed.

Here was a jaw-dropping conclusion that rendered his opponent unable to continue, as he succumbed to the relentless ground-and-pound assault!

Remarkably, this marked the second instance of his three victories where Eblen sealed the deal with a punch submission.

At 2:21 in Kansas City, Missouri, Gray tapped out from this barrage of punches.

1. Vs. Fabian Edwards – Bellator 299 (Sept. 23, 2023)

Up against the brother of the famous Leon Edwards, Eblen defended his title with flair in a thrilling clash against Fabian Edwards.

A double leg takedown in the second round forced trouble on Edwards however he managed to escape Eblen’s onslaught. He then threw striking combinations against the cage just after he got Edwards’ back.

Round 3 and a right hook dropped Edwards before devastating ground and pound follows. Thus ended the dream and possibility of two brothers being middleweight champions in different MMA promotions. At 0:21 seconds into the 3rd round it was all over!

This was a stunning knockout in the third round demonstrating Eblen’s striking prowess. This cemented his position as a force to be reckoned with in Bellator’s Middleweight division.

So there we have it folks, 3 of Johnny Eblen’s best MMA finishes!

Johnny Eblen’s journey is not just about victories; it’s a narrative of overcoming obstacles, showcasing versatility, and leaving an everlasting mark on the MMA landscape.

As he prepares for future challenges, fans can anticipate more spectacular performances from this undefeated champion. Which of his fights from the list above is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram!

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Andrew Laoudas

Andrew is a passionate martial arts enthusiast with knowledge on a wide range of disciplines including Nunchaku, Kali, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, and Judo. Driven by a deep love for the arts and a genuine appreciation for action movies, Andrew's focus on Wing Chun and Judo has given him significant experience and expertise. With a unique perspective that blends the excitement of action cinema with the technicality and beauty of martial arts, Andrew seamlessly integrates his passion for martial arts combat, cinema, and MMA. This fusion fuels his evolving journey of self-discovery and he hopes it will serve as inspiration for others to unlock their true potential.

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