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By The Numbers: Johnny Eblen vs. Fabian Edwards


Johnny Eblen wears the crown, but his head shows no signs of uneasiness.

The undefeated American Top Team rep will put his undisputed Bellator MMA middleweight championship on the line against Fabian Edwards in the Bellator 299 headliner on Saturday at 3Arena in Dublin. Eblen steps into the cage with a perfect 13-0 record in tow. He last appeared at Bellator 290, where he laid claim to a unanimous decision over Anatoly Tokov on Feb. 4. Edwards, meanwhile, finds himself on a three-fight winning streak. The Team Renegade product last fought on May 12, when he outpointed Gegard Mousasi to a unanimous verdict across five rounds at Bellator 296.

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As Eblen and Edwards move ever closer to their high-stakes showdown at 185 pounds, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:

31: Years of age for Eblen, who was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 13, 1991.

5: Eblen wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 38% of his career total (13). His list of Bellator victims: Collin Huckbody and Daniel Madrid. Eblen owns one other win by submission (8%) and seven more by decision (54%).

61: Seconds needed for Eblen to punch Wayne Collier into submission under the Shamrock Fighting Championships banner on July 7, 2017. More than six years later, it remains his fastest finish to date.

6: Consecutive calendar years in which Eblen has fought at least once. In addition to his 1-0 mark in 2023, he went 2-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018, 2-0 in 2019, 1-0 in 2020, 3-0 in 2021 and 2-0 in 2022.

147: Combined victories between the seven opponents—Tokov, Mousasi, John Salter, Travis Davis, Taylor Johnson, Mauricio Alonso and Chauncey Foxworth—who have gone the distance with Eblen. They boast a cumulative .763 winning percentage at 147-45-2.

30: Years of age for Edwards, who was born on March 24, 1993 in Kingston, Jamaica.

3: Edwards victories by submission, accounting for 25% of his career total (12). His methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes and one armbar. Edwards holds four other victories by knockout or technical knockout (33%) and five more by decision (43%).

31: Rounds started by Edwards as a professional mixed martial artist. He has gone the distance on seven different occasions and carries a 5-2 record in those bouts.

5: Countries in which Edwards has plied his MMA trade. He has gone 8-0 in England, 2-0 in Ireland, 1-1 in Italy, 1-0 in France and 0-1 in the United States.

.833: Cumulative winning percentage between the two opponents—Austin Vanderford and Costello van Steenis—who have beaten Edwards. They sport a combined record of 25-5.
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