Results of Bellator 296 and highlights: Gegard Mousasi is defeated by Fabian Edwards to win the title.

In the main event of Bellator 296 on Friday, Fabian Edwards took on Gegard Mousasi in an attempt to add to his two victories over former world champion Lyoto Machida. After five rounds, Edwards completed his task, defeating a legendary middleweight by unanimous decision and earning a crack at the championship title later this year.

Given that Edwards was consistently longer and faster than Mousasi, it appeared as though he never really got his attack going. And when Mousasi did manage to start moving, careless fouls stopped him in his tracks.

The biggest of the incidents may have happened in the second round. Edwards knocked Mousasi to the ground without engaging in any aggressive behavior, allowing Mousasi to switch places and take the lead. When Mousasi attempted to hurt Edwards on the ground, he threw an illegal knee that struck Edwards in the face, forcing the fight to be stood up and costing Mousasi the edge.

Despite that moment appearing to give Mousasi the advantage on the mat, the former champion elected to stay primarily upright, only recording another takedown in the fourth round. Although he was able to transition to full mount and even grab the back, Mousasi was unable to maintain the position until Edwards stood up again.

Edwards continued to throw rapid punches and leg kicks throughout the remaining rounds of the fight, effectively blocking Mousasi’s more deliberate attacks, and piling rounds up on the scorecards.

By the fifth round, Edwards was successfully obtaining takedowns and maintaining back control while Mousasi was limited to avoiding a submit.

Against one of the greatest middleweights in MMA history, Edwards had a commanding performance, controlling practically every second of the contest.

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The official scorecards after the conclusion of five rounds were as varied as anticipated. Edwards received the biggest victory of his career after all three judges turned in cards reading 49-46.

With the victory, Edwards gained the opportunity to face middleweight champion Johnny Eblen and join his brother, UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards, as a world champion.

Many individuals “wrote me off after I suffered my losses,” Edwards claimed. “Many people believed I was done. I have one more fight left before I can join my brother and make some f—ing history with that gold belt.

At that point, Eblen joined Edwards in the cage. As it was determined that they will face off for Eblen’s title on September 23 in Dublin, the two men exchanged words.

You’re going to realize that I’m a much, much tougher opponent than Gegard, Eblen stated.

For the first time in a career that has spanned more than two decades and nearly 60 fights, virtually all of which were contested on the grandest platforms in the sport, Mousasi, who dropped the title to Eblen in his previous appearance, has now lost back-to-back contests.