On Saturday night, Aug. 24, 2019, Bellator MMA returns to Connecticut for Bellator 225. The event emanates from Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., the promotion’s first state sanctioned event.
Included on a loaded preliminary card is a middleweight bout between Austin Vanderford and Joseph Creer. Vanderford, who is the husband of UFC women’s flyweight Paige VanZant, makes his second appearance for Bellator after a successful submission victory in his debut at Bellator 215 in February. “The Gentleman” recently told MyMMANews.com that he plans to stay in the middleweight division moving forward.
Standing in front of him is the unbeaten Creer, who replaced Vanderford’s originally scheduled opponent Doug Usher. The 37-year-old returns to action after over a year layoff and is currently on a six-fight winning streak.
Here is how the fight between Vanderford and Creer went down, including round-by-round scoring, at Bellator 225.
Creer looks absolutely gigantic in there as the first 90 seconds or so was a feeling out process. Creer was landing hard body kicks and was moving forward throughout. Vanderford shoots in, hoists Creer up and puts him on the mat. Halfway through the round and Vanderford lans a short elbow. Left hand by Vanderford lands and he begins to work the body. Vanderford continues on top, looking to improve his position. Full guard for Creer and Vanderford starts to land big hammer fists. Under 10 seconds to go and it is a stalemate on the ground.
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MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Vanderford
A pair of body kicks from Creer lands and Vanderford with a slick takedown. Vanderford is landing elbows and punches, some of these elbows are nasty. Creer is a bloody mess and Vanderford trying to lock in a choke. Another big elbow from Vanderford and the mat is a crimson red underneath Creer. Another vicious elbow lands and Creer is as tough as they come. Vanderford continues to pour it on, another elbow with under 10 seconds to go in the round. Complete domination for Vanderford. And the doctors have stopped this one
Official result: Austin Vanderford def. Joseph Creer via TKO – Round 2, 5:00