Corey Anderson feels he missed out on an opportunity by turning down a bout with Luke Rockhold.
Rockhold competed this past Saturday night (July 6) at UFC 239. He made his light heavyweight debut against Jan Blachowicz. While the former UFC middleweight champion was the favorite, he left the T-Mobile Arena with the third knockout loss in his last four fights.
Seeing how Rockhold fell to Blachowicz, Anderson took to his Twitter account to admit that he has regret over not taking the fight with Rockhold:
With all my tweeting and responses… I am man enough to also say that I fucked up by passing up the Rockhold fight and hesitating on the Gus fight. I used poor judgement. But I still want my chance to earn the gold. I'm still here to fight the best in the @ufc #UFC239
— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 9, 2019
“With all my tweeting and responses… I am man enough to also say that I f*cked up by passing up the Rockhold fight and hesitating on the Gus fight. I used poor judgement. But I still want my chance to earn the gold. I’m still here to fight the best in the [UFC].”
As seen above, Alexander Gustafsson is another name Anderson mentioned. Gustafsson was submitted by Anthony Smith last month and announced his retirement after the fight. While “The Mauler” is now having second thoughts, Anderson realizes how much of a boost he would’ve gotten had he been the one to retire Gustafsson.
Anderson sits at the eighth spot on the UFC light heavyweight rankings. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak, beating Ilir Latifi, Glover Teixeira, and Patrick Cummins. Anderson hasn’t been in action since Dec. 2018.