Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Edwards vs Vanderford?
Austin Vanderford beat Fabian Edwards by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of Bellator 259, on Friday 21st May 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Austin Vanderford.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Edwards vs Vanderford stats
Fabian Edwards stepped into the ring with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Austin Vanderford made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 10 wins and 0 draws, with 3 of those by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Edwards had a slight advantage in power over Vanderford, with a 33% knock out percentage over Vanderford's 30%.
Fabian Edwards was the younger man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Edwards had a height advantage of 2 inches over Vanderford. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Edwards was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2017, 2 months later than Vanderford, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 4 less professional rounds, 19 to Vanderford's 23.
Edwards vs Vanderford form
Edwards had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Costello van Steenis at Bellator Euro Series 8 on 26th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Allianz Cloud, Milan, Italy.
Previous to that, he had defeated Mike Shipman at Bellator London on 23rd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London, England.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jonathan Bosuku at Bellator 223 on 22nd June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London.
Before that, he had won against Falco Neto at Bellator Birmingham on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
He had beat Lee Chadwick at Bellator Newcastle on 9th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.
Edwards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Vanderford's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.