Austin Vanderford gets to show the world what he is all about this weekend.
The undefeated middleweight collides with Bellator Champion Gegard Mousasi in the main event of Bellator 275. Vanderford will look to seize gold in his first title opportunity in Dublin, Ireland.
It will be no easy task for Vanderford, as he takes on Mousasi, who has 5 times the experience. It might be a tall order, but this is the challenge the underdog signed up for. He thinks he is more than capable of bringing the belt back home to his wife, Paige VanZant.
“I have respect for what he’s accomplished and all that in the sport, but I smile when I talk about it, because I know what I can do,” Vanderford told MMA Fighting. “I know what I’m capable of. I know I train with guys that are better than him. I know I’m going to outwork him in this camp, and when it comes fight night, I know I’m going to go out and show that.
“It’s fun and I’m happy to be the underdog, because I want that feeling. I want everyone to be like, ‘Paige VanZant’s husband really is f*cking bad ass.’ It pumps me up even talking about it. It makes me want to cry. I just get so emotional and so excited for it.”
Vanderford has truly embraced his role as PVZ’s husband. He even welcomes the given nickname of ‘Mr. VanZant’. However, that’s not the only title he wants to have, nor one he values that much. However, the Bellator gold belt holds some weight. And it may soon wrap around his waist, should he win on Friday.
“What is more alpha than going out there and getting in a fist fight for a living?” Vanderford said. “There’s not really anything anyone could say. Of course, there’s going to be those fans and there might be colleagues who talk a little sh*t, but it’s just part of the game. I’m happy to embrace it. I am my wife’s biggest fan and supporter.
“I really don’t care about the title of being Mr. VanZant. I think it’s funny. If anyone really cares that much about it, they can fight me about it.”
Austin Vanderford meets middleweight kingpin Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 275 in Dublin, Ireland this Friday. Catch the highlights from the main event over here on MiddleEasy.com