Bellator 282: Mousasi vs. Eblen Free Picks and Preview

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A day before another UFC card that I covered here, we return to the Bellator cage as the CBSViacom promotion featured the return of one of the most violent humans in sports, Gegard Mousasi. Below, we’ll break down the Bellator odds and give you a winning pick! Let’s begin.

Johnny Eblen vs. Gegard Mousasi

Friday, June 24, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at Mohegan Sun Arena

Eblen vs. Mousasi Preview

Mousai will walk into the circular cage to defend his Bellator Middleweight crown against Johnny Eblen, who is known as either “Diamond Hands” or the “Human Cheat Code” and he’s gonna need a Game Gear, GameShark, some of Eric Adams’ crystals and having a witch I know in Jersey City bless him.

Not a slight towards Elben, who is as stated prior is a violent… violent… violent man, but Gegard Mousasi is otherworldly.

Since losing to Rafael Lovato Jr. in 2019 and no longer being Bellator Middleweight champion, not only did Mousasi get a win over the legend Lyoto Machida, but UD’ed Douglas Lima to win back his title and then cooked and served John Salter and Austin Vanderford in his last two defense, not allowing them to get into championship rounds.

The man broke Rory MacDonald… like c’mon the man is a monster, and when Eblen faced Salter, their only common opponent to this point, and he had to take the veteran the distance for the unanimous decision victory, it does not give me much faith that he can survive five rounds against a man who dropped Salter in their fight in the third round.

Eblen vs. Mousasi Betting Pick

So, when you’re looking at the main event of this card you have two questions to ask yourself:

  • Is it worth putting an unfair amount of money on the Mousasi moneyline (-300) available at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks and betting sites to make a suitable ROI?
  • Can Elben last over 3 ½ rounds against Mousasi and his murder hands?

While the Mousasi moneyline is my direct lock of the week of the month of the century… of the week betting pick. BetOnline has the over 3 ½ rounds (-110) which is better than the -120 set for the under because I trust Elben’s chin, not too much that I don’t think he can survive over 17:31 against Mousasi, but in or around there makes the most sense for me.

Bellator Pick: Over 3 ½ Rounds (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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