Gegard Mousasi will be getting a quick turnaround.
Multiple sources with information about the promotions’ plans revealed to MMA Fighting Tuesday that Bellator has set a June title bout between Johnny Eblen and Mousasi. A date, event, or location have not been revealed.
Ariel Helwani reported the first targeted booking.
Mousasi has been admittedly frustrated over the last few years as he only had the chance to compete three times between September 2019 and August 2021, but the promotion is giving him the opportunity to be more active, as he had hoped.
The third-ranked middleweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, Mousasi regained his title in October 2020 with a unanimous decision win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 250. He then went on to successfully defend his belt twice, stopping John Salter and, most recently, Austin Vanderford this past month at Bellator 275.
After a dominating decision victory over John Salter at Bellator earlier in the month, Eblen was able to claim one back for Vanderford.
“The Human Cheat Code” is 11-0 in his pro career, including Bellator finishes of Daniel Madrid and Colin Huckbody.