Corey Anderson Bellator MMA goals extend to competing in multiple divisions, evidently.
While Anderson has emphatically entered the Bellator ranks with a second-round finish of Melvin Manhoef at 205 lbs and garnered a spot in the light-heavyweight grand prix, it’s not the only weight category he’s eyeballing.
At the Bellator on Showtime media day, I spoke with Anderson about if he had aspirations across multiple divisions and his bracket in the upcoming Bellator tournament.
Corey Anderson Bellator MMA goals
I’m noticing with the brackets, the championship is on the other side here. But on your side there are certain unique opportunities afforded to you in as far as, there could be the option to possibly face, lineal heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.
Do you kind of allow yourself to think about having options in multiple weight classes and would a future heavyweight run interest you at all?
“I mean that was an initial plan. I mean even in the UFC when I was there, the plan was when I got to the belt start opening up. Fight the heavyweights too, you know. I debuted as a fighter, my first three fights before I did the Ultimate Fighter was heavyweight. And I still walk around a big guy. I’m like 236 right now. So I can fight at heavyweight if I bulk up and definitely train there with heavier guys. So to beat him, it would just be another win.”
“It wouldn’t mean anything for the heavyweight division. Styles make fights, he has good styles against the guys he fights. But there’s a lot of other big guys at heavyweight that can give him a problem that he hasn’t fought yet. And it can be the same thing for me. But at the same time, once I get the belt, I’m definitely open to fighting 205 and heavyweight.”
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