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Gegard Mousasi struggled to remember Austin Vanderford’s name, but knows he’s a challenging matchup

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Gegard Mousasi struggled to remember Austin Vanderford’s name, but knows he’s a challenging matchup

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – In past weeks, Gegard Mousasi struggled to remember Austin Vanderford’s name steady via media rounds in anticipation of Friday’s Bellator 264.

Mousasi (48–7–2 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) retained his middleweight title when he defeated John Salter (18-5 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) by third-round TKO due to ground-and-pound. Immediately after the combat, Mousasi went face-to-face with his next challenger, Vanderford (11-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA).

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“I now remember his name,” Mousasi laughed, at a submit-combat news convention. “I had difficulties this week to remember. Vanderford, he’s going to carry the combat to me. He’s going to strive to take me down, maintain me. I’m not apprehensive about getting afflict, but he’s a tough challenge. We face him and then I’ll be ready for him.”

Now with Vanderford’s name on the forefront of his brain, Mousasi recognizes the check his next opponent items. Mousasi knows Vanderford is a dependable wrestler, but questions the damage that will accompany potential takedowns.

“Positively, (Vanderford) feels assured,” Mousasi said. “He hasn’t tasted defeat yet. I’m fairly definite he’s assured and he’s going to be a tough combat. He’s a wrestler, another guy. But in the event that they take me down, it’s not fancy they’re going to afflict me. I’ve never been ground-and-pounded. I’ve never been significantly afflict in a combat. Wisely, I got afflict in the (Alexander) Shlemenko combat, but it’s not fancy he can take me down and accomplish a lot of damage.”

No timeline has been revealed for Mousasi vs. Vanderford, although Bellator president Scott Coker emphasized the promotion’s hope the combat will get carried out as quickly as conceivable. Vanderford peaceful awaits clearance after a arrangement on his left arm.

Bellator 264 took place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The main card aired on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.

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Gegard Mousasi struggled to remember Austin Vanderford’s name, but knows he’s a challenging matchup