Austin Vanderford is returning to the Bellator cage on Sept 12. MMA Junkie reported that Vanderford will face Daniel Madrid in a middleweight bout at Bellator 246.
Vanderford (9-0) has won all three of fights with Bellator and this fight will be his first of 2020. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Vanderford tested positive for COVID-19. Since the positive test, he’s tested negative twice.
Madrid (17-6) was going to fight Impa Kasanganay for the LFA middleweight title on March 20, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kasanganya just earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series last week and will debut in the UFC next weekend.
Bellator 246 is apart of back-to-back Bellator events. Bellator 245 will be on Sept. 11 and Bellator 246 will take place the next day.
The current Bellator 246 lineup is listed below:
Juan Archuleta vs. Patchy Mix (for the vacant bantamweight title)
Jon Fitch vs. Neiman Gracie
DeAnna Bennett vs. Liz Carmouche
Derek Campos vs. Roger Huerta
Daniel Madrid vs. Austin Vanderford