Another Bellator MMA event, another blue-chip wrestling prospect ready to show the world he can fight.
Friday night, University of Missouri wrestling product Johnny Eblen (4-0) makes his promotional debut when he takes on Chauncey Foxworth at Bellator 218 in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
During his time wrestling in college, Eblen never viewed fighting as a goal. Once his collegiate career came to an end, Eblen looked to enter the “real world” by getting a blue-collar job.
“It just kind of presented itself,” Eblen told FloCombat. “I was always interested in fighting, but I didn’t really know how to go about it. After my wrestling career, I was just focusing on my next career. I didn’t know exactly what it was going to be. I ended up going to South Florida for a paving job. I was doing estimating.”
While in Florida, Eblen would enter the realm of MMA through a human portal—renowned American Top Team wrestling coach Steve Mocco.
“When I was down there, I met up with Steve Mocco because we both coached high school wrestling down here,” Eblen said. “I coached at American Heritage Delray, and he has a little camp at American Top Team—Mocco Wrestling.