FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Corey Anderson
By Dan McConnell
On Friday night, Bellator 251 was headlined by the debuting Corey Anderson who took on the experienced veteran Melvin Manhoef.
The UFC card this weekend also featured a light-heavyweight matchup between Glover Teixeira and Thiago Santos with real title implications and the winners of their respective bouts certainly enhanced their title credentials.
Corey Anderson got the finish in his promotional debut with Bellator, as he mounted Manhoef and needed only two rounds to quickly dispatch his 48-fight veteran opponent.
During his college wrestling days at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he met former Bellator and UFC welterweight Ben Askren who helped kick-start Anderson’s MMA career.
His recent four-fight win streak over Patrick Cummings, llir Latifi, Johnny Walker and high-level grappler Glover Teixeira put ‘Overtime’ on the clock for a potential title shot.
Anderson was then scheduled to take on
Jan Blachowicz in a rematch, whoom he beat back in September 2015. This would determine the number one contender.
The former Ultimate Fighter Series 19 winner suffered a devastating defeat to his Polish opponent. His momentum disappeared, along with any leverage heading into negotiations for a new UFC contract.
Anderson then made the switch to Bellator, picking up his first victory this past Friday. Anderson threw his hat into the discussion to face current Bellator 205-pound champ Vadim Nemkov.
However, I’d like to see him take on former Bellator 205-pound champion Ryan Bader next. Two former UFC heavy-hitters, who were unlucky not to secure a title shot during their time with the promotion.
At 31 years old, there is still plenty left in the tank for Anderson and a title shot shouldn’t be too far down the line.
Photo Credit: Bellator MMA