Austin Vanderford explains how wife Paige VanZant influenced Bellator 215 win

A lot of eyes were focused on the Bellator MMA debut of Austin Vanderford on Friday night and he delivered a near flawless performance.

Vanderford picked up an opening round submission over Cody Jones in the Bellator 215 main card opener at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The festivities kicked off a weekend doubleheader for the organization at their New England home away from home.

Following the event, a very happy Austin Vanderford spoke with the media, which was in attendance for, to talk about the victory, how important his team at Gracie Baja has been, what an influence his wife, UFC women’s flyweight Paige VanZant, was for the fight, how her career success helped him prepare for the moment, when he would like to get back in the cage to compete and more. Watch the full post-fight interview above.

If you missed Bellator 215, you can check out the full results right here.

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