A first-round TKO victory over Josh KoscheckMauricio Alonso a multi-fight deal with Bellator. Back in action 31 months later, Alonso has the same goal in mind. The Brazilian fighter, who stopped the former star in a welterweight bout back in 2017, faces middleweight Johnny EblenBellator 229 in Temecula, Calif.

Eight months after the biggest win of his MMA career, Alonso was a free agent hoping to secure a deal with Bellator. Before the offer came, he stayed active as a jiu-jitsu trainer and competed in grappling tournaments.

Eblen, his opponent at Bellator 229, is undefeated as a professional with five wins, including a decision over Chauncey Foxworth in his promotional debut in March. Alonso, who fought 21 times since his MMA debut in 2005, believes he will be too much for the Missouri native on Friday.


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