Former UFC contender and current Bellator light heavyweight Corey Anderson has stated that Bellator’s heavyweight division is better than light heavyweight division in the UFC.
Corey Anderson signed with Bellator after being released by the UFC. Corey Anderson was coming off of a loss to current UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Bellator’s 205lbs division is thriving at the moment. The current champion Vadim Nemkov is riding on a seven-fight winning streak. He won the fight by knocking out former champion Ryan Bader.
Bellator also has former UFC veterans Lyoto Machida, Anthony Smith and Yoel Romero along with NCAA star Phil Davies.
Corey Anderson says Bellator’s 205lbs division is better than UFC
Now Corey Anderson has said that Bellator’s light heavyweight division is better than the UFC.
“I just feel right now Bellator has the upper hand,” Corey Anderson told MMA Fighting. “[Jon] Jones has left. They’ve got these hype trains. These young guys UFC has coming in they’re trying to hype up but I feel like their legitimacy aren’t like the vets that were there that are in Bellator now.”
“These last two signings they made definitely made it a stronger case,” Corey Anderson said. “At first, I was in the UFC and I was No. 4 when I left. The only person I hadn’t fought was Jon Jones and Dominick Reyes. I had beat Jan Blachowicz once and Anthony Smith was above me but we see where Anthony Smith’s at now. He just got first win in a while against an unranked guy.
“Then you’ve got me, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Yoel Romero, two guys right there that fought for titles. Me, who was on the cusp of a title. Then you’ve got Nemkov, who just beat Ryan Bader. You’ve got ‘Rumble,’ who beat Ryan Bader. You’ve got Phil Davis. You’ve got all these names who have already fought at the top of the UFC.”
“It’s big names coming,” Anderson said. “That’s just making the legitimacy of Bellator, not just at 205 but the promotion with the moves they’re making, period. It makes them look very legit. The UFC are cutting ties with a lot of people, letting a lot of people go. A lot of the people that I feel shouldn’t be let go. That’s just making us stronger over in Bellator. Making us look even better.” He concluded.
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