Dana White’s Contender Series: Six Of The Biggest Snubs So Far

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Austin Vanderford, Bellator 251 Credit: Bellator MMA

Austin Vanderford (11-0)

Finally, I think Austin Vanderford could have had the highest ceiling in the UFC and could very well be the next Bellator middleweight champion.

Vanderford was 4-0 when he made his appearance on season two, week five, and was fighting at welterweight. He fought Angelo Trevino, and after getting rocked in the first round, he weathered the storm and submitted him in the second round.

Dana didn’t give a reason why he didn’t offer Vanderford. He just simply said he enjoyed all of the fights.

“Tonight was a great night of fights. I liked them all; obviously, we’re in a situation where we can’t take everybody, but I think that everybody who fought here tonight has a ton of potential,” White told Laura Sanko.

Was it because he only had five fights? Was it because he had a bad first round? Was it because he was engaged to Paige VanZant? Was it his tattoos?

No one knows, and it’s a bummer. But Vanderford now sits at 11-0, and will fight Gegard Mousasi next for Bellator’s middleweight championship.


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