A fun-filled Bellator 258 card certainly brought out the best of the promotion’s athletes. Bellator 258 took place on Friday the 7th of May at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The fight card on the night consisted of eleven action-packed bouts. One of which featured the man they call “Diamond Hands” in Johnny Eblen who climbed to (8-0) as a pro. Michael “Venom” Page returned in flashy fashion dismantling Derek Anderson’s nose. We also saw the rivalry somewhat settled between Peter Queally and Patricky Pitbull.
Shortly after, we witnessed the return of one of MMA’s most respectable names in Anthony Johnson, who faced early adversity and came through with the victory over Jose Augusto. Most importantly, in the main event, we watched on as Sergio Pettis secured the bantamweight championship with a convincing win over Juan Archuleta.
I had the opportunity to speak with one of many stand-out performers who fought on the card in Johnny Eblen. Johnny Eblen marked his fourth appearance under the promotion with a memorable knock-out victory over Daniel Madrid, snapping his five-fight win streak. The 29-year old displayed a different side to his game on the night, showing fans he’s not only to be feared in the wrestling department but also striking!
Post-Fight Interview With Johnny Eblen
Firstly, I would just like to congratulate you on a terrific performance on Friday. Several days out from the win, how are you feeling about your performance? Have you had time to watch it back? Of course you’re happy with the knockout, but even after wins fighters seem to be their biggest critics. Anything you felt that could have gone better in the opening two rounds? Or was it plain sailing?
Johnny Eblen – “I did very well. Ate one leg kick I wasn’t happy with but besides that, I was pretty on point and executed my game plan well.”
What was the game plan going in there with a guy like Daniel Madrid? You seemed completely comfortable and at home. You weren’t biting on Madrid’s faints and you kept him guessing, attacking the legs, body, and head, and were patient in waiting for the openings.
Johnny Eblen – “The game plan was to keep him guessing. Utilize my kicks, punches, faints, and level changes to set him up for kill shots.”
How satisfying was securing your first finish under Bellator? You seemed incredibly fired up once you shut Madrid’s lights out. Would I be right in saying that it shows how much you’re developing as a complete mixed martial artist to the point that you’re comfortable and confident in your abilities standing and showcasing striking?
Johnny Eblen – “I was pretty satisfied. It’s a great feeling to put a guy into another dimension. You’re on point. I believed I showed how much I’ve developed as a fighter and that I’m not just a one-trick pony.”
In your post-fight interview with Big John, you mentioned training a lot with Jorge Masvidal. How rewarding and beneficial is it having someone like that around to learn from and digest information from? Did he give you any words of wisdom before this matchup?
Johnny Eblen – “Yeah, I’ve been working with Jorge for a while. He’s had a lot of an impact on my MMA game. It’s very rewarding to learn from him. Before the fight, he told me ‘keep eyes on the prize now let’s go, man.'”
You move to (4-0) in your Bellator career. Are you happy just taking it fight by fight, gaining experience, and going with the flow, so to speak? And can we expect to see Johhny Eblen compete again this year?
Johnny Eblen – “Yes sir. I’m a working man, I like to stay busy.”
Featured Image Credits to Johnny Eblen