Mousasi is the only two-time middleweight champion in Bellator history.
Mousasi is one of two fighters in MMA history to claim titles under the Bellator and Strikeforce banners. Cris Cyborg also accomplished the feat.
Mousasi will attempt to make a second consecutive title defense for the first time in his career. He has not earned the mark during his reigns in Bellator, Strikeforce, DREAM, or Cage Warriors.
Mousasi has earned 38 of his 48 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 32 of those wins in Round 1.
Vanderford will attempt to become the 11th fighter in Bellator history to win a title with an undefeated record.
Vanderford’s four-fight Bellator winning streak at middleweight is tied for the third-longest active streak in the division behind Anatoly Tokov (six) and Johnny Eblen (six).