PHOENIX – Corey Anderson is wanting ahead to taking over a former coaching companion within the semifinals of the sunshine heavyweight grand prix.
Anderson (15-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) exited the UFC in 2020 and has racked up two stoppage wins in a row after becoming a member of Bellator. Now only one battle away from the grand prix finals, he should get by way of a well-recognized face in Ryan Bader, somebody who he believes he has an edge on.
The gentle heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout serves because the co-main occasion of Bellator 268, which takes place on Saturday on the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The occasion airs on Showtime following prelims streamed on MMA Junkie.
“The main thing is, he’s getting older and I just got to my prime,” Anderson advised MMA Junkie on Thursday. “His outdated coach mentioned, ‘We couldn’t name you out anymore while you was within the UFC since you have been too good and there was a risk that we’d battle you.’ That was my first yr within the UFC.
“Three years later when I came out (to train), his coach had me leave and I’m going to the airport, his coach was like, ‘Brother, you sure you can’t stay? You’re really good. We don’t have anybody that can go with him like that. We’d love it if you could come back and help more.’ I said I had to get back to my own camp.”
In addition to figuring out what unfolded in these previous coaching classes, Anderson additionally credit coaching with among the greatest wrestlers on this planet in preparation for the battle towards Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) as a purpose his confidence is excessive forward of Saturday’s battle.
“He knows I’ve only gotten better,” Anderson defined. “You know I was good then, what, you think I went down? Nah. He knows what it’s gonna be like when I get in the cage.”
Anderson, 32, believes the 38-year-old Bader has modified as a fighter, however he wouldn’t precisely categorize the variations as a decline in capability as he has grown older.
“You don’t get more athletic as you get older,” Anderson mentioned. “You get stronger, you get wiser, you may typically get a bit sooner. But while you’ve been within the sport so long as he has, and the battles he’s been by way of and the fights he’s had, and the way in which he trains and all of us prepare (for the) high, it’s type of exhausting to get extra explosive. You simply get smarter with what you do. You get wiser. You’re extra savvy as a veteran.
“So, I’m not saying he’s declining, but some of the things he used to do phenomenal, he doesn’t do as great. But the things he didn’t do as well, he does better in his later years.”
Ultimately, Anderson believes he’s well-prepared to excel wherever the battle could go on Saturday, and can then get able to tackle Vadim Nemkov, who he’s selecting to get previous Julius Anglickas of their semifinal primary occasion bout.
Check out the complete pre-fight interview with Anderson within the video above.