Austin Vanderford building his own reputation, Instead of being Mr. Vanzant. Vanderford fought on the Contender Series but didn’t get the UFC contract. Second best option was signing with Bellator.
Since signing with Bellator in 2019 currently has a 4-0 record, Fought Vinicius De Jesus former CES Welterweight Champion on November 5th 2020. Best win of Austin Vanderford’s career so far as CES is one of the best regional promotions in the world.
Right way to end 2020 and end 2021 as the Bellator Middleweight Title challenger.
“I want people to know that I deserve it and I’m ready to fight for the title. I’m ready whenever. But we’re just going to keep on the pace and do what Bellator wants me to do. They’ve done such a great job so far. I’ve had opponents fall out and they were quick in getting me someone.”https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/11/bellator-251-austin-vanderford-american-top-team-move-pays-off
2021 with the right fights such as …. John Salter(8-1 Bellator record) NAIA Wrestling Champion at 147 pounds would be the perfect matchup for Vandferford. Challenging himself against a high level grappler, Second degree black belt. Gold medalist at the ADCC North American Championship in 2017.
Vanderford defeating a quality opponent like John Salter in the middle of 2021 will earn himself a contender fight against Anatoly Tokov or Costello Van Steenis. Both fights would be very interesting to watch.
Tokov currently has 29-2 record(5-0) record, #1 Bellator Middleweight. Waiting for the opportunity to fight Gegard Mousasi but Mousasi might be a participant in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Tokov vs Vanderford is the Bellator Middleweight contender fight for the winter of 2021. Anatoly Tokov the heavy handed first round knock out power vs Vanderford stellar grappler. Hopefully this fight happens because MMA fans will be excited to see Tokov vs Vanderford. High level Middleweight fight.
Win against Tokov will change his life forever, Defeating one of the best Middleweights non UFC. #1 Contender for the Bellator Middleweight Title. Anticipating the fight of his life against Gegard Mousasi in 2022.