Johnny Eblen predicted that he would roll into Dublin final month and depart once more having retained his Bellator middleweight title — and that’s precisely what he did.
Eblen elevated his unbeaten profession document to a powerful 14-0 at Bellator 299 within the Irish capital on September 23, stopping title challenger Fabian Edwards (the brother of UFC champion Leon) early within the third spherical following a barrage of strikes on the bottom. Afterwards, although, the American appeared to let the adrenaline get the better of him as he stood over the defeated Edwards and hurled abuse at him.
Following that, Eblen appeared to focus on Leon Edwards and the 2 needed to be separated by officers. Eblen apologised within the cage as quickly because the pink mist dissipated, however elaborated additional on the scenario throughout a latest look on The MMA Hour telling Ariel Helwani that he regrets his actions — however denied spitting on his fallen opponent.
“What occurred was, I used to be fired up, I used to be speaking sh*t,” Eblen stated, as famous by MMA Preventing. “I most likely shouldn’t have. I ought to have been sport, I ought to have walked away and let my fists do the speaking, however I can’t precisely keep in mind what I used to be saying at the start.
“It had one thing to do with him observing me. I used to be pondering about the staredown, and the way he couldn’t cease me after they instructed me to show in the direction of the cameras, and I assumed that was actually bizarre and we type of obtained into it. I keep in mind on the finish of it I yelled ‘p*ussy’ at him, on the very finish. There’s blood, sweat, and simply sh*t in all places. I watched it again, and I might see how somebody might probably assume I did, however I used to be simply yelling at him.
“I’m sorry that he thinks I did that,” Eblen added. I simply obtained a bit of too heated and was yelling at him. After the actual fact, I obtained to sit down down and type of collect myself and go over and speak to them and squash it, as a result of I really feel like we each hate Colby, so I hope he beats Colby. I hope Leon beats Colby. I don’t like these guys, however I hate Colby extra.”