Austin Vanderford: Excited to “put hands on” Fabian Edwards

Bellator 259 goes down this weekend, Lenny March from MyMMANews got a chance to sit down and talk to Austin Vanderford.

Watch the FULL interview above.

Bellator returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on right here.

In the main event, Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (23-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) is set to rematch Leslie Smith (12-8-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a first fight from UFC 198 in May 2016, which the Brazilian won convincingly by TKO in just 81 seconds. The co- main will see former champion Darrion Caldwell will be in action when he rematches Leandro Higo.

Austin Vanderford (10-0) is days out from his biggest test to date when he meets Fabian Edwards at Friday night’s Bellator 259 event.

Here is what he had to say about, Fabian Edwards, Mr. VanZant nickname, Video games and Paige VanZant.

Austin Vanderford Interview:

Lenny: “You announced this fight on Instagram using a caption called, Mr. VanZant vs Leon Edwards brother”

Austin responded; “He wanted to start the narrative of all that…but i wanted to remind him that, buddy you are Leon Edwards’ little brother…so lets not forget about that.”

Vanderford response when asked how he feel and how camp went:

“Yeah I feel great” he stated “camp has been awesome…its been a tough one i am tired I’m ready to start scaling back a little bit… we are peaking at the right time”

“I’m going to rest and get the weight down and wait for the 9 days to fly by so i can get my hands on him”

Austin Vanderford believes this is his hardest fight of his career:

“Yes this is my hardest fight…but I’m in the mindset of that my next fight is my always the biggest fight of my career and I’ve got to go out there and prove myself every time.”

His thoughts on the matchup with Fabian Edwards:

“Fabian is another opponent.. he brings a certain skillset that we have worked on and we are going to go out and test it.”

“I never overlook any opponent..i take every fighter serious, Fabian is the same one – I’m laser focused and ready to go put my hands on him.”


Want to see what Austin Vanderford also had to say? Then click the video at the top of the article, for the full interview with Austin Vanderford, also a special appearance of Paige VanZant.

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Lenny March
Aspiring reporter. First locked my eyes on MMA in 2011, and from that night I knew I was invested - haven't took my eyes of MMA since. Growing up watching some of the greats to lock horns, and watch the best MMA has to offer, GSP,Silva, Jones and many more. Been dedicated more then ever to write articles for MMA more then ever, the mission is to get to the top and wont stop until that is accomplished,