The dream catcher is looking to defend his belt this Friday when he faces undefeated contender Johhny Eblen (11-0) in the main event of Bellator 282 this Friday. Gegard is currently sitting at 49-7-2, so getting a 50th victory would be an additive to an already impressive and illustrious career.
For many years now Gegard has been one of the most versatile fighters in all of MMA, a career that began professionally in 2003, Gegard has fought in multiple weight classes such as welter, middle and even light-heavy, his skills have taken him all over the world while fighting for many different organizations which include DREAM, M-1, Pride, Strikeforce, UFC and now Bellator.
His opponents have ranged from tough challengers to even legends of the game. Take one close look at his record and you will find victories of names like Hector Lombard, Mark Hunt, Dan Henderson, Jacare, Vitor, Weidman, Rory MacDonald, Douglas Lima and Lyoto to name a few. His last title defence saw him hand Austin Vanderford his first career loss while extending his win streak to 4 (2 title defences).
Since leaving the UFC Gegard has evolved into one of the best fighters on the planet. His striking is levels above any of the competition that has been presented to him while showing that his takedown defence is nearly flawless. With another dominant victory, many will speculate whether Gegard is nearing retirement or perhaps a move to 205 for a greater challenge.
His opponent is 11-0 Johnny Eblen who is a 7-fight Bellator veteran that most recently beat John Salter via UD, Eblen trains out of Florida at ATT and is looking to score the biggest win of his life. Also on the card are UFC veteran Cat Zingano and former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus.