Going into Friday’s event at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Eblen expects Travis Davis to be a risky fight. As it turned out, Eblen estimated he was right. It was a competitive 15 minutes, but in favor of Eblen.
On the microphone in the cage after the win, Eblen (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) called out teammate Conor McGregor and former bodyguard Charlie Ward (9-4 MMA, 6-1 BMMA), who is currently sitting in the middle of the promotion.
“I heard we were going overseas,” Eblen told MMA Junkie at a post-match press conference. “I want to travel the world and fight with people in their country. Charlie Ward is a big name. I feel like we might be going somewhere in his area. He’s a top 10 contender. I think we’ll make a really good fight for the fans out there. “
Ward has largely rolled in his competitions since he was released from the UFC and joined Bellator in 2017. Five of his six Bellator wins have come in the gap and he currently has two-game winning streak.
Eblen, 29, stressed that there was no hard feeling behind his caption. Ward is just one person on the path to the title that Eblen thinks he can beat in a fight that makes sense for both opponents.
“There is no bad blood,” Eblen said. “He was just a guy I used to meet. He’s a bigger name that I want to fight. I feel like I’ve earned a position to fight him. If anything, he should want to fight me because I’m pretty sure I’m ahead of him. I have never played against a top 10 opponent. I think it would be a top 10 opponent to fight. “
Bellator 262 aired on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie. To watch the full interview with Eblen, watch the video above.