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Bellator 275: Mousasi vs. Vanderford preview & weigh-in results

Gegard Mousasi mounts up for another title defense against a rugged up and comer looking to dethrone him.

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Bellator returns to Ireland for a card that features plenty of local flavor, a gaggle of action bouts, and a title fight as the cherry on top.

Gegard Mousasi (48-7-2) is riding a three-fight win streak heading into this Friday’s event, where he’s set to face aggressive wrestler Austin Vanderford (11-0). Vanderford may not have many finishes to his name, but he’s a terror to deal with when it comes to his grappling control and use of boxing inside to set up clinches and takedowns. Mousasi still has his sniping range, excellent submission game and near-perfect ground strikes from top position. Given their stylistic tendencies, this could mean the fight won’t be the prettiest affair. Expect a tactical battle predicated largely upon who establishes range best and whether or not one fighter can secure more ground control over the other.

Sinead Kavanagh (7-5) unfortunately fell short against Cris Cyborg in her last outing, but hopes to get back in the win column against Leah McCourt (6-1). Kavanagh brings plenty of aggression and forward pressure, and is not easy to take down. McCourt relies on her striking as well, throwing combinations and using volume while doing the most to stay on top when it comes to her ground game.

Khasan Magomedsharipov (6-0) is undefeated as a pro and has a hell of a highlight reel. He’s also the brother of UFC fighter Zabit Magomedsharipov. He impressed in his Bellator debut with his finish of Jonathan Quiroz, and aims to keep his record intact against Spain’s Jose ‘Sasi’ Sanchez (11-1).

Another of Bellator’s hottest rising prospects will be carrying a fair bit of pressure as Jornel Lugo (7-0) meets hometown vet Brian Moore (14-8). Anatoly Tokov’s brother Vladimir (5-1) attempts to rebound from his latest loss against Italy’s unfortunately nicknamed Daniele “Scat“ Scatizzi (11-5). Former UFC talent Brett Johns (17-3) is also back in the bantamweight division as he meets finishing machine Khurshed Kakhorov (8-0). Finally, Kirill “Baby Fedor“ Sidelnikov (13-6) faces Gokhan Saricam (6-1).

As a bonus, Bellator set up another one of their very well-made production package focused exclusively on the challenger, Austin Vanderford:

And as for Mousasi, a compilation of all his Bellator wins:

You can check out the weigh-ins here:

Main card:

Champ Gegard Mousasi (184.6) vs. Austin Vanderford (183.7) – Bellator middleweight title

Sinead Kavanagh (145.6) vs. Leah McCourt (145.8) - Featherweight

Ciaran Clarke (144.8) vs. Abou Tounkara (145.8) - Featherweight

Khasan Magomedsharipov (145.6) vs. Jose Sanchez (145.4) - Featherweight

Jornel Lugo (135.2) vs. Brian Moore (135.4) - Bantamweight

Prelims:

Brett Johns (135.6) vs. Khurshed Kakhorov (134.8) - Bantamweight

Davy Gallon (155.2) vs. Charlie Leary (155.2) - Lightweight

Danni McCormack (115.2) vs. Stephanie Page (114.9) - Strawweight

Darragh Kelly (155) vs. Junior Morgan (156) - Lightweight

Daniele Scatizzi (154.6) vs. Vladimir Tokov (155.4) - Lightweight

Gokhan Saricam (247.6) vs. Kirill Sidelnikov (264) - Heavyweight

Nathan Kelly (145.4) vs. Scott Pedersen (144.8) - Featherweight

Lee Hammond (145.6) vs. Jamie Hay (146.8)* - Featherweight

Bellator 275: Mousasi vs Vanderford starts this Friday afternoon at 1:00pm EST for those of us stateside, with the prelims streaming live on YouTube. The main card airs on exclusively on Showtime.