Aaron Jeffery will get a big different when he meets a updated title challenger.
Anthony Adams has been compelled out and Jeffery (12-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will step in on temporary perceive to face Austin Vanderford (11-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) at Bellator 284, which takes place Aug. 12 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The foremost card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.
Jeffery confirmed the within observe on social media after an preliminary doc from ESPN.
Jeffery fell temporary on two stints on Dana White’s Contender Sequence, dropping to Brendan Allen in 2019 and Caio Borralho in September 2021. The previous CFFC middleweight champion made a a hit Bellator debut in June when he scored a second-round TKO of Fabio Aguiar.
Vanderford will look to rebound from his first occupation loss. After defeating Fabian Edwards at Bellator 259, Vanderford got a reputation shot in opposition to middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 275 in February, nonetheless was once stopped in merely 85 seconds.
With the alternate, the Bellator 284 lineup now contains:
MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi
- Valentin Moldavsky vs. Steve Mowry
- Bruna Ellen vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane
- Aaron Jeffery vs. Austin Vanderford
- Gokhan Saricam vs. Stated Sowma
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 6 p.m. ET)
- Marcos Breno vs. Josh Hill
- DeAnna Bennett vs. Justine Kish
- Sarvadzhon Khamidov vs. Jared Scoggins
- Pat Downey vs. Jeff Souder
- Mark Currier vs. Bailey Schoenfelder
- Mitchell McKee vs. Tony Ortega
- Jordan Newman vs. Lance Wright
- Sullivan Cauley vs. Tyson Jeffries