Undefeated Vanderford Captures CageSport Welterweight Championship

Undefeated Vanderford Captures CageSport Welterweight Championship


TACOMA, Wash. – Undefeated Austin Vanderford put on a dominating performance at CageSport 47, defeating Ben Fodor by unanimous decision to capture the vacant CageSport Welterweight championship in the main event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday.

Vanderford, an NAIA national champion and All-American wrestler in college, appeared as the overwhelming 50-44, 50-41, 50-40 victor on the judge's scorecards.

Vanderford, improving to 3-0 in his career, controlled the five-round bout from the opening bell, repeatedly taking Fodor to the ground almost at will and dictating the pace of the fight throughout.

In the semi-main event, lightweight Brett Malone remained undefeated, improving to 3-0 after making quick work of Elijah Ross as he won the bout 37 seconds into the first round by rear-naked choke.

Lightweight Chris Stone provided one of the undercard highlights, improving to 3-1 with his first-round win over Wyatt Gonzalez. Stone ended the contest 1:48 into the fight by rear-naked choke.

Veteran welterweight Lee Morrison picked up his 15th career victory by defeating a very-game Zach Conn by first-round TKO. Morrison (15-8) took control of the contest early on, opening up a vicious cut over Conn's right eye which bled excessively throughout the round.

Conn (6-8) rallied late in the first, showing a ton of heart despite the abundant blood flow, and landed some stiff shots of his own before the bell sounded.

Conn's cut proved to be too deep, however, forcing the referee to stop the bout prior to the start of the second round.

Newcomer Terrance McKinney came away victorious in his professional debut, defeating Armando Best by first-round rear-naked choke (2:15) in a match-up of 146 pounders.

Also on the undercard, heavyweight Justin Milani registered a second-round TKO victory (4:34) over Robert Burgess, Tyrone Henderson (145 pounds) defeated Stephen Wing by first-round arm bar (:44) and 145-pound Dominique Smith notched his first career win, beating Stephen Vasquez by first-round TKO (1:08).

CageSport 47 was brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com

CageSport 47 – Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.


Main Events – 5 Rounds

CageSport Welterweight Championship

Austin Vanderford (3-0) d. Ben Fodor (8-3-1), unanimous decision (50-44, 50-41, 50-40)

Undercard – 3 Round Bouts

145-pounds: Tyrone Henderson (4-3-1) d. Steven Wing (1-2), first-round arm bar (:44)

173-pounds: Lee Morrison (15-8) d. Zach Conn (6-8), first round TKO referee stoppage (5:00)

156-pounds: Brett Malone (3-0) d. Elijah Ross (1-1), first-round rear-naked choke (:37)

156-pounds: Chris Stone (3-1) d. Wyatt Gonzalez (1-2), first-round rear-naked choke (1:48)

181-pounds: Dominique Smith (1-1) d. Stephen Vasquez (0-2), first-round TKO (1:08)

206-pounds: Justin Milani (3-8) d. Robert Burgess (1-4), second-round TKO (4:34)

146-pounds: Terrance McKinney (1-0) d. Armando Best (2-5), first-round rear-naked choke (2:15)




Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company creator of the famed "Battle at the Boat" boxing series promoting more than 19 years and over 150 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “Cage Sport MMA” nearing more than 50 fights. Brian Halquist Productions has promoted events for ESPN, ShowTime and HBO and featured on Showtime's historic boxing event in St Lucia, West Indies. Brian Halquist Productions has been promoting fights and concerts for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.

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