Austin Vanderford

Austin Vanderford (born March 21, 1990) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently signed to Bellator MMA where he competes in the Middleweight division. As of August 16, he is #7 in the Bellator Middleweight Rankings.[1]

Austin Vanderford
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Vanderford at the 2018 Web Summit
BornAustin Robert Vanderford
(1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 32)
Santa Rosa, California, United States
Other namesThe Gentleman
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofPortland, Oregon
TeamGracie Barra Portland
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision5
By knockout2
Amateur record
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision1
Other information
(m. 2018)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Vanderford was born in Santa Rosa, California, before moving at the age of 9 months old to Ninilchik, Alaska and developing a taste for competitive sport while wrestling for his high school team, where he became a 2-time Alaska State Wrestling Champion (2007-160 lbs, 2006-152 lbs) both his junior and senior years. After moving to Southern Oregon University, Vanderford joined the wrestling team, becoming the NAIA National Wrestling Champion (184 lbs.) in 2012 and was a 2-time NAIA All-American wrestler. After finishing his college career graduating with a Bachelors degree, he took up a coaching job with the University for a couple off years, before following his desire to fight and moved swiftly on to the lower ranks of the welterweight MMA circuit and effortlessly winning all four bouts of his amateur career.[2][3][4][5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Making his professional debut at Prime Fighting 9 on March 11, 2017, Vanderford faced Sol Renato, going on to defeat him via TKO in first round. He went on to defeat his next two opponents, Adam Fugitt and Ben Fodor, both via unanimous decisions, winning the CageSport Welterweight title against the later at CageSport 47.[6] He would go on to tap out Kenny Licea in the second round via rear-naked choke at VFC 59, before he was invited to face Angelo Trevino on July 17, 2018 at Dana White's Contender Series 13. He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two, however did not secure a contract with the UFC.[7] In his last bout on the regionals, Vanderford faced Brazil’s Edmilson Freitas, knocking him out in the first round.[8]

Bellator MMAEdit

After going undefeated in 6 bouts on the regional scene, Vanderford signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.[9][10]

In his debut appearance with Bellator MMA at Bellator 215 on February 15, 2019, he took on Cody Jones and submitted him via arm-triangle choke in the first round.[11]

Vanderford faced Joseph Creer at Bellator 225 on August 25, 2019, winning the bout after the doctor stopped the fight after the second round.[12]

On November 15, 2019 at Bellator 234, he faced Russian submission specialist Grachik Bozinyan, defeating him via unanimous decision.[13]

Vanderford was scheduled to face Daniel Madrid on September 12, 2020 at Bellator 246.[14] However, he had to pull out of the bout due to unknown reasons.[15]

Vanderford was scheduled to face Chris Curtis on November 5, 2020 at Bellator 251.[16] However, Curtis had to pull out of the bout due to a positive COVID test and was replaced by Vinicius de Jesus.[17] Vanderford won the bout via unanimous decision.[18][19]

Vanderford faced Fabian Edwards on May 21, 2021 at Bellator 259, defeating him via unanimous decision.[20]

Vanderford fought for the Bellator Middleweight World Championship against Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 275 on February 25, 2022 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.[21] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[22]

Vanderford was scheduled to face Anthony Adams at Bellator 284 on August 12, 2022.[23] After Adams pulled out of the bout 2 weeks before the event, Aaron Jeffery stepped in on short notice.[24] He lost the bout in the first round via TKO stoppage.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

In September 2018, Vanderford married Paige VanZant, a former UFC strawweight.[26] The couple began dating the previous year,[27][28] and Vanderford proposed to VanZant in January 2018.[29]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • CageSport
    • CS Welterweight Championship (One time; former)[6]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 11 wins 2 losses
By knockout 3 2
By submission 3 0
By decision 5 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–2 Aaron Jeffery TKO (punches) Bellator 284 August 12, 2022 1 1:25 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 11–1 Gegard Mousasi TKO (punches) Bellator 275 February 25, 2022 1 1:25 Dublin, Ireland For the Bellator Middleweight World Championship.
Win 11–0 Fabian Edwards Decision (unanimous) Bellator 259 May 21, 2021 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–0 Vinicius de Jesus Decision (unanimous) Bellator 251 November 5, 2020 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 9–0 Grachik Bozinyan Decision (unanimous) Bellator 234 November 15, 2019 3 5:00 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 8–0 Joseph Creer TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 225 August 24, 2019 2 5:00 Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 7–0 Cody Jones Submission (arm-triangle choke) Bellator 215 February 15, 2019 1 4:49 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Catchweight (175 lb) bout.
Win 6–0 Edmilson Freitas KO (punch) Final Fight Championship 32 October 19, 2018 1 1:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Angelo Trevino Submission (rear-naked choke) Dana White's Contender Series 13 July 17, 2018 2 2:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Kenny Licea Submission (rear-naked choke) Victory FC 59 December 16, 2017 2 4:03 Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 3–0 Ben Fodor Decision (unanimous) CageSport 47 October 14, 2017 5 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States Won the CS Welterweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Adam Fugitt Decision (unanimous) Arena Wars: Total Kombat July 8, 2017 3 5:00 Medford, Oregon, United States
Win 1–0 Sol Renato TKO (punches) Prime Fighting 9 March 11, 2017 1 2:33 Ridgefield, Washington, United States Welterweight debut.

Amateur mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Erik Herman Decision (unanimous) Arena Wars: Redemption April 9, 2016 5 3:00 Grants Pass, Oregon, United States Won the RPMMA Welterweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Daniel Pihl Submission (triangle choke) Rumble at the Roseland 85 January 23, 2016 2 1:15 Portland, Oregon, United States Won the FCFF Middleweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Michael Collazo TKO (punches) Budofights 13 October 24, 2015 1 2:59 Bend, Oregon, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 1–0 Eric McConico Submission (arm-triangle choke) Battle in the Burg 3 September 12, 2015 1 2:30 Roseburg, Oregon, United States Light Heavyweight debut.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bellator Rankings". Retrieved 2021-06-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ A Kickass Love Story - Trip to Austin's Hometown: Ninilchik, Alaska | S1 E3, retrieved 2021-12-20
  3. ^ "Austin Vanderford | Booking Agent | Talent Roster". MN2S. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  4. ^ McClory, Mike (2019-11-13). "From Alaska to Israel, Bellator 234's Austin Vanderford Has Had Quite a Journey in MMA". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  5. ^ "Austin Vanderford — Alaska High School Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  6. ^ a b "VanZant's Man Wins Weekend Fight, Gets Rushed And Kissed In The Cage By UFC's Sweetheart". MMA Imports. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  7. ^ Eddie Mercado (2018-07-17). "Dana White's Contender Series 13 results: Pilarte among three to earn UFC contract". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  8. ^ "Across the Pond Profile: Bellator MMA fighter Austin Vanderford | MMA UK". 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  9. ^ "Austin Vanderford Signs With Bellator". FIGHT SPORTS. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  10. ^ "Austin Vanderford Signs With Bellator MMA | Fightful News". Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  11. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-02-15). "Bellator 215 Results: Austin Vanderford Submits Cody Jones Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  12. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-08-24). "Bellator 225 Results: Austin Vanderford Dominates Joseph Creer on Ground". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  13. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-11-15). "Bellator 234 Results: Austin Vanderford Tops Grachik Bozinyan via Decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  14. ^ "Austin Vanderford booked to fight Daniel Madrid at Bellator 246". MMA Junkie. 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  15. ^ "Austin Vanderford out of Bellator 246; Pat Casey targeted replacement vs. Daniel Madrid". MMA Junkie. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  16. ^ Heck, Mike (2020-10-26). "Austin Vanderford vs. Chris Curtis among additions to Bellator 251 fight card". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  17. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2020-11-02). "Chris Curtis off Bellator 251 due to positive COVID-19 test, Vinicius de Jesus steps in to fight Austin Vanderford". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  18. ^ Anderson, Jay (2020-11-05). "Bellator 251 Results: Austin Vanderford Maintains Perfect Record with Decision Win Over Vinicius De Jesus". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  19. ^ "Vanderford wins Bellator 251 fight by decision, moves to 10-0". Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame. 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  20. ^ "Bellator 259 results: Austin Vanderford suffers nasty gash in decision win vs. Fabian Edwards". MMA Junkie. 2021-05-22. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  21. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-12-15). "Gegard Mousasi verdedigt titel tegen Austin Vanderford op 25 februari in Dublin". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  22. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-02-25). "Bellator 275: Gegard Mousasi Stuns, Stops Austin Vanderford in Drubbing". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-25.
  23. ^ King, Nolan (2022-07-12). "Bellator 284 adds Austin Vanderford vs. Anthony Adams". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2022-07-12.
  24. ^ Hannoun, Farah (2022-08-04). "With Anthony Adams out, Aaron Jeffery steps in to face Austin Vanderford at Bellator 284". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  25. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-08-12). "Bellator 284: Aaron Jeffery Drops, Finishes Austin Vanderford Early". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  26. ^ "Paige VanZant Gets Married | Fightful MMA". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  27. ^ Ess, Russel (August 22, 2017). "Sounds like Paige VanZant just announced she has a boyfriend". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  28. ^ "Paige VanZant: "Sorry guys, I'm off the market. I am seeing somebody, he is also an MMA Fighter"". September 6, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "Paige VanZant got engaged". Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  30. ^ "Austin Vanderford". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-12-20.

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