After delivering one other scintillating efficiency beneath the Bellator banner, Corey Anderson finds himself in some very rarified air.
Anderson (16-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) wanted simply 51 seconds to place away Ryan Bader at this previous weekend’s Bellator 268 occasion, scoring his third consecutive win within the promotion and securing a spot within the firm’s present gentle heavyweight grand prix, the place he’ll face reigning champ Vadim Nemkov (14-2 MMA, 7-0 BMMA), who was additionally victorious in his semifinal matchup.
In the most recent version of the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie gentle heavyweight rankings, Nemkov stays in his No. 3 place after the efficiency, whereas Anderson slides as much as No. 4. When the 2 in the end do meet for the belt and the grand prix title, can one in all them make the case to be No. 1, as Bellator head Scott Coker claims?
UFC gentle heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz (28-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) presently sits at No. 1 on the listing, and he has a historical past with Anderson, with the pair splitting their two conferences beneath the UFC banner. Blachowicz additionally has the matter of Glover Teixiera to take care of later this month at UFC 268.
Meanwhile, Jon Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) is at No. 2 however has made it clear he intends on a run within the heavyweight division. Does that clear the best way for Nemkov or Anderson to rise to the highest of the listing? Time will inform.
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