04 Dec - 
Bellator signs undefeated fighter Austin Vanderford, UFC flyweight Paige VanZant's husband

A win at Dana White’s Contender Series 13 back in July wasn’t enough to get Austin Vanderford signed to the UFC, but the unbeaten welterweight is still headed toward the big stage.

Bellator today announced Vanderford’s signing (via Twitter):

Vanderford discussed his career expectations with MMAjunkie last month, in a sitdown interview next to his wife, UFC flyweight Paige VanZant. At the time, VanZant said that while it would be cool for the two to be a UFC couple, her husband’s professional success didn’t necessarily have to involve the octagon.

Vanderford (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) echoed that sentiment. The welterweight said he felt he was “on the right track” to earning his shot with a big organization and that he was just looking for the best opportunities.

“Personally, what I want the most is I want to be a world champion,” Vanderford said. “I want to compete with the best, and that’s what matters to me. Whatever level that’s on, I’m happy with.”

Vanderford will now get a chance to prove that he belongs in the big stage. So far, it’s been working out well for the welterweight. After his DWCS performance, he went on to rack up another victory, against Edmilson Freitas, to add a sixth win to an unblemished MMA record.

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.