Vanderford wins promotional debut for VFC by submission

December 17, 2017

Austin Vanderford MMA mixed martial arts

Austin Vanderford

Making his promotional debut for Victory Fighting Championship, welterweight prospect Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik overcame a slow start to come out victorious.

The 27-year-old won by second-round submission over Kenny Licea in the opening fight of the VFC 59 card in Omaha, Nebraska.

Vanderford, of Ninilchik High fame, improved to 3-0 since turning professional this year. He was 4-0 as an amateur.

Licea landed an early knee strike, but Vanderford hung tough and nearly finished the fight late in the first round with a head-and-arm choke.

The Alaskan nicknamed ‘AK-47’eventually ended it early in the second period after he got Licea (4-5) to tap out due to a rear-naked choke at the 4:03 mark.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Vanderford won his first MMA fight by TKO and his second by decision. All three of his pro fights happened in 2017.

The top prospect has a wrestling background that includes a NAIA national title at Southern Oregon University and two state titles in high school in Alaska.