Bellator 296: Fabian Edwards Beats Gegard Mousasi In A Unanimous Decision
Fabian Edwards defeated Gegard Mousasi in a unanimous decision at Bellator 296 in order to earn a shot at the middleweight title.
Edwards outperformed Mousasi during the first three rounds. Although Mousasi briefly gained the upper hand in the fourth round by taking Edwards down in a mount, the latter regained his composure in the fifth and re-established his dominance.
As a result, all three scorecards had Edwards as the winner: 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46. The results leave both fighters with contrasting fortunes.
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Edwards has won three on the bounce as he readies himself for a title shot. Meanwhile, this is Mousasi’s second defeat consecutively, and it is clear that the MMA star needs to go back to the drawing board.
Once the result had been given, Edwards and the middleweight champion, Johnny Eblen, had an altercation as it was confirmed that the pair would face off on September 23rd, 2023, in Dublin.
Edwards: “I’m going to get that gold belt and join my brother and make some f—ing history.
Eblen: “[I am a] much, much tougher opponent than Gegard — you’re gonna see that when we fight.”
Edwards: “That belt is mine.”
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