Ninilchik grad Vanderford moves to 10-0 in MMA

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Austin Vanderford, a 2008 graduate of Ninilchik School, moved to 10-0 in professional mixed martial arts fighting with a victory over Brazil’s Vinicius De Jesus on Nov. 5 at the Bellator 251 main card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Vanderford defeated De Jesus by unanimous decision and is now 4-0 in the Bellator middleweight division.

Vanderford was fighting for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19 and having to pull out of Bellator 246.

On Nov. 5, Vanderford actually was supposed to fight Chris Curtis, but Curtis tested positive for COVID-19, leaving De Jesus (9-4) to take the fight.

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