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Bellator rankings: Johnny Eblen secures No. 1 spot with win over John Salter


Undefeated middleweight Johnny Eblen has earned his spot as the top contender in Bellator's 185-pound division.

Following his Bellator 276 win over former to-ranked contender John Salter this past weekend, Eblen (11-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) was awarded his status in the Bellator's latest official rankings.

The result actually saw the two fighters trade places, with Eblen moving up two spots to take the No. 1 position, while Salter (18-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) slides down two positions and now sits at No. 3.

Additionally, Romero Cotton (6-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), who was also victorious at Bellator 276, picking up a first-round stoppage of Freddy Sandoval (5-7-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), was rewarded with a slight bump, moving up one spot to the No. 7 slot.

The latest official middleweight rankings are listed below. Check out the full updated rankings at

Bellator middleweight champion: Gegard Mousasi

  1. Johnny Eblen +2
  2. Austin Vanderford
  3. John Salter -2
  4. Fabian Edwards
  5. Anatoly Tokov
  6. Lorenz Larkin
  7. Romero Cotton +1
  8. Dalton Rosta -1
  9. Anthony Adams
  10. Khalid Murtazaliev