Corey Anderson believes he's the best light heavyweight in the world, following his first-round TKO win over former two-division Bellator champion Ryan Bader at this past Saturday night's Bellator 268 event.
Anderson took just 51 seconds to dismantle Bader and move on to the finals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix against current Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov. The 32-year old Rockford, Illinois native is now 7-1 in his last eight fights with the lone blemish being a first-round knockout loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, back at UFC Fight Night 167 in February 2020. Despite the defeat to Blachowicz, Anderson told reporters during the Bellator 268 post-fight press conference that he still thinks there is no better 205-pounder on the planet at the moment than him.
“I already know I’m the best light heavyweight in the world,” Anderson said (h/t MMA Junkie). “I already know the Jan (Blachowicz) it was a hiccup of mine in my own shield. I’m not going to say I underestimated him but I looked past him. I was thinking, ‘I whooped the sh*t out of this dude once and I’m going to do it again.’ But I shouldn’t have. I should have taken it one fight at a time. Like I’ve said in interviews all week. I learned my lesson. Now, I’m always worried about the moment now. I’m not worried about what’s next. I’m not looking past anybody or anything or any moment. I know I can dominate Jan again. I know I can do the same thing that I did in 2015 when I only had six or seven fights under my belt. Now, even better with only 21 or 22.”