Austin Vanderford will square off against Chris Curtis in a middleweight bout on the Bellator 251 main card.
Sherdog.com confirmed the pairing with a promotion official following an initial report from ESPN. UFC 251 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Nov. 4 and is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Corey Anderson and Melvin Manhoef. The main card airs on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Vanderford, the husband of former UFC star Paige VanZant, was supposed to face Daniel Madrid at Bellator 246 on Sept. 12 before a positive COVID-19 test forced him off the card. The Gracie Barra Portland representative is 9-0 as a professional and 3-0 in Bellator. He also earned a victory over Angelo Trevino on Season 2 of Dana White’s Contender Series.
After losing three consecutive bouts under the Professional Fighters League banner to close out 2019, Curtis returned to the win column with a stoppage of Darren Smith Jr. in a title bout on the regional circuit on Jan. 25. The 33-year-old is 22-8 over the course of a professional tenure that includes appearances on the Contender Series and with CES MMA.
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