UFC 244 prelims will feature a classic striking vs. grappling bout of title implications as highly hyped prospect and #11 ranked Johnny Walker will take on #7 ranked veteran Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson.
Anderson (12-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) with an impressive three fight winning streak is on the verge of a title shot. However in the ever so growing light heavyweight division, the case to be established for a title shot can be extremely demanding. On top of that, Anderson with his grinding wrestling pedigree and soft demeanor can make it slightly less entertaining for some. That being said, Anderson has always been accused of not being a ‘needle mover’. Anderson however takes it as fuel for his fire. (via Twitter):
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 30, 2019
Anderson knows a victory over a dangerous finisher like Walker will have him a step closer to the title. However to make a statement, Anderson will look to deliver a finish at UFC 244. Anderson even took a leaf from Ivan Drago’s book from the movie Rocky, saying “If he dies, he dies”, further making his intentions clear.
Anderson is on a three fight win streak with victories over veterans like Pat Cummings, Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi. However he will have to hand Walker his first defeat under the UFC banner, who is on a three fight first round knockout streak.