Corey Anderson doesn’t assume Ryan Bader has the instruments to beat him in Saturday’s Bellator 268 gentle heavyweight grand prix semifinal.
Anderson (15-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has stated for the reason that second the matchup got here collectively within the event bracket that he has one thing particular in retailer for Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA). The pair have educated collectively prior to now, and Anderson usually claims that his opponent “knows” what occurred between them.
There’s been a hesitancy from Anderson to delve into particulars of what meaning, nevertheless it clearly has his confidence excessive going into battle evening.
“You can’t outwork a workhorse,” Anderson instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “I’m just going to keep coming. I’m smart. I’m good. I’m just a very well-rounded fighter. I’m just better. You can’t defeat the fact that I’m better. You knew it was going to happen. That’s what I’ll tell him: ‘You knew I was better than you. You had to sign the contract if you wanted to get your belt back, but you knew.”
Anderson and Bader will battle for a spot within the finals of the eight-man event. The winner will get a possibility to battle for a $1 million prize and a grand prix title, in addition to problem for the Bellator gentle heavyweight belt towards whoever emerges from the opposite semifinal between Vadim Nemkov and Julius Anglickas.
Bellator 268 takes place on the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The major card airs on Showtime following prelims streamed on MMA Junkie.