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Bellator rankings: Johnny Eblen enters pound-for-pound list with win over Gegard Mousasi

Bellator returns on Friday, July 22 with lightweight world championship fight and clash of top-5 welterweight contenders.

LOS ANGELES – Last Friday, Johnny Eblen (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) stunned the MMA world with a masterclass performance against the legendary Gegard Mousasi (49-8-2 MMA, 7-2 BMMA), dropping and outclassing the former champion en route to a unanimous decision shutout. Eblen vaulted to seventh in the Bellator men's pound-for-pound rankings as a result of the title-clinching victory, while Mousasi fell to the No. 1-ranked middleweight contender. 

Elsewhere on the card, No. 3-ranked Magomed Magomedov (19-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and No. 6-ranked Danny Sabatello (13-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) improved their rankings and advanced to the Bantamweight world grand prix semifinals by defeating Enrique Barzola and Leandro Higo, respectively. Alexander Shabliy (22-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) rose to fifth in the lightweight rankings with his second-round TKO of former champion Brent Primus, who fell to fourth.

Bellator MMA returns to action on Friday, July 22 with a talent-stacked event headlined by a lightweight championship bout between reigning titleholder Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (24-10 MMA, 15-8 BMMA) and No. 1-ranked contender Sidney Outlaw (16-4).

"Bellator 283: Pitbull vs. Outlaw" will air on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. 

The co-main event of Bellator 283 will pit top-five welterweight contenders against one another in a clash with title shot implications, as former champion and No. 3-ranked Douglas Lima (32-10 MMA, 14-6 BMMA) and Jason Jackson (15-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) meet on the Showtime-aired main card. Also competing on the card is undefeated No. 3-ranked lightweight Usman Nurmagomedov (14-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who faces former wrestling standout Chris Gonzalez (7-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA), and former RIZIN lightweight grand prix tournament winner Tofiq Musayev (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut opposite Adam Piccolotti (13-4 MMA, 9-4 BMMA).

The preliminary fight card will begin at 7 p.m. ET and will be distributed on the Bellator MMA YouTube channel, the Showtime Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV.

Tickets for "Bellator 283: Pitbull vs. Outlaw" are on sale at both and

The latest official pound-for-pound rankings are listed below. Check out the full updated rankings at

  1. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire
  2. Vadim Nemkov
  3. A.J. McKee +1
  4. Yaroslav Amosov +2
  5. Ryan Bader
  6. Gegard Mousasi -3
  7. Johnny Eblen NR
  8. Corey Anderson -1
  9. Sergio Pettis -1
  10. Raufeon Stots -1