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Bellator Makes It Official Between Gegard Mousasi-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.

BELLATOR DUBLIN: MOUSASI VS. VANDERFORD MAIN CARD:

 

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)