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Aaron Jeffery Steps Up Against Austin Vanderford at Bellator 284

Aaron Jeffery, BTC 16 Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Canada’s Aaron Jeffery will shine at the Bellator 284 next week.

Jeffrey (12-3) will face recent middleweight title challenger Austin Vanderford (11-1) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He replaced Anthony Adams, who had withdrawn from the fight.

News of the match was first reported ESPN. Jeffrey then Confirm booking on social media.

Jeffery trained with the Niagara Top Team in St. Catharines, Ontario and is a two-time Dana White’s Contender Collection. Long considered one of Canada’s top prospects, he finally got his chance in the majors after signing with Bellator MMA earlier this year.

A former Cage Fury FC middleweight champion, Jeffery’s only losses are current UFC fighters Sean Brady, Brendan Allen and Caio Borralho. He defeated current UFC fighters Andrei Petroski and Colin Hackbody, who infamously won the Contenders series but later turned down the UFC deal.

Van derford will compete for the first time since losing to Gérard Mousassi in the middleweight title fight earlier this year. The first-round TKO loss was the first of Vanderford’s career.

Bellator 284 will be held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 12, 2022. The card currently has the following matchups:

  • Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi
  • Valentin Moldowski vs. Steve Murray
  • Elima-Ray McFarlane vs. Bruna Allen
  • Said Sowma vs. Gokhan Saricam
  • Austin Vanderford v Aaron Jeffrey
  • Josh Hill vs. Marcos Breno
  • Deanna Bennett vs. Justin Kish
  • Jordan Newman vs. Lance Wright
  • Sullivan Cowley vs. Tyson Jeffries
  • Pat Downey vs. Jeff Sood
  • Isaiah Hockett vs. Nick Perez
  • Bailey Schoenfeld vs. Mark Currier
  • Mitchell McKee vs. Tony Ortega
  • Goodbye Brett with Chris Bonet


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