A key middleweight matchup is within the works for May perchance 21.
MMA Junkie confirmed with a person with files of the plans that Fabian Edwards vs. Austin Vanderford is for the time being targeted for Bellator 259, which takes issue on that date at Mohegan Solar Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The person asked to dwell anonymous since Bellator officers possess but to formally voice the contest, which for the time being parts verbal agreements in issue but does now not possess a signed bout settlement.
Vanderford (10-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) is for the time being ranked No. 3 in Bellator’s decent rankings, whereas Edwards (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) exams in precisely within the abet of at No. 4.
Vanderford took to Instagram to present an angle for the matchup, joking that it featured Paige VanZant’s husband vs. Leon Edwards’ brother.
Vanderford looks to retain his very most attention-grabbing professional memoir intact within the contest. ‘The Gentleman” fought most now not too long ago in November, scoring a option fetch over Vinicius de Jesus at Bellator 251. It used to be Vanderford’s lone 2020 look after going 3-0 in 2019 to kick off his Bellator hobble.
Meanwhile, Edwards looks to rebound from the important thing setback of his occupation, a split-option loss to Costello van Steenis – who is for the time being ranked No. 5 in Bellator’s rankings – at Bellator Europe 8 this previous September. Prior to the loss, Edwards had rattled off 9 consecutive wins to delivery his professional occupation.
With the targeted addition to the cardboard, the Bellator 259 lineup now entails:
- Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith – for girls folk’s featherweight title
- Fabian Edwards vs. Austin Vanderford
- Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Adam Piccolotti
- Brett Johns vs. Matheus Mattos
- Christian Edwards vs. Ben Parrish