Bellator Makes It Official Between Gegard Mousasi-Austin Vanderford
Gegard Mousasi returns to the cage in 2022 and will defend his Bellator title in Dublin, Ireland against Austin Vanderford.
Austin Vanderford’s shot at Bellator gold is now official.
Vanderford will challenge Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title on February 25 at Bellator: Dublin.
Along with that fight, Peter Queally takes on Kane Mousah in the co-main event from the 3Arena.
A two-time champion, Mousasi enjoyed his first reign in 2018, winning the title against Rafael Carvalho and defending it against Rory MacDonald, before losing a thrilling match-up to Rafael Lovato Jr.
The Dutchman reclaimed his title in a huge clash with former welterweight champion Douglas Lima in October 2020 before another successful defense against John Salter in August 2021. Currently ranked fourth in the Bellator pound-for-pound rankings, Mousasi will be looking to produce fireworks in front of a packed 3Arena crowd.
Vanderford has quickly established himself as one of the best middleweights on the planet, boasting an 11-0 career professional record.
Since signing for Bellator in 2019, he is undefeated in five bouts, including a thrilling unanimous decision win over Fabian Edwards earlier this year at Bellator 259. The #1 ranked American Top Team product will look to emulate his training partner and reigning welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov by becoming a champion in his first attempt.
Middleweight World Title Main Event: #C-Gegard Mousasi (48-7, 2 NC) vs. #1-Austin Vanderford (11-0)
Lightweight Bout: #5-Peter Queally (13-6, 1 NC) vs. Kane Mousah (13-4)
BELLATOR DUBLIN: MOUSASI VS. VANDERFORD PRELIMINARY CARD:
Lightweight Bout: Charlie Leary (17-11-1) vs. Davy Gallon (19-7-2)
Lightweight Bout: Junior Morgan (3-0) vs. Darragh Kelly (Pro Debut)