Aaron Jeffery, who returns to action against John Salter at Bellator 293 tomorrow night (Fri., March 30, 2023). feels like mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are the worst. Indeed, it is a love-hate relationship between fans and fighters (promoters, too). To quote numerous athletes: “The fans love you when you’re winning, but flip on you when you lose.”
For Jeffery, Bellator’s No. 7-ranked Middleweight — he felt that toxicity firsthand after his last technical knockout win, which took place at Bellator 284 in Aug. 2022. Jeffery picked up the biggest win of his career, finishing former 185-pound title challenger, Austin Vanderford, in less than two minutes.
While Jeffery got some praise for such a big win, he was also showered with, “Vanderford is a bum.”
Aaron Jeffery sleeps Austin Vanderford in the first round…on a weeks notice#Bellator284 pic.twitter.com/ITuRkpiEoj
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) August 13, 2022