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In an extremely surprising move, top UFC light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson has signed with Bellator.

The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.

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According to Helwani, Corey Anderson had multiple fights left on his contract, but he asked for his release from the biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world to sign with a rival promotion in Bellator.

Corey Anderson has signed with Bellator. Anderson, who was not a free agent, recently asked for his release from the promotion and was granted it, according to sources. He still had multiple fights left on his deal, sources say. Shortly thereafter, he signed with Bellator,” Helwani said.

Worth noting, Anderson has been training with DC for this Miocic fight. He can’t stop glowing about how good he is and how helpful he’s been to his training camp. Great, unexpected pickup by Bellator,” Ariel Helwani concluded.

Corey Anderson leaving the UFC was unexpected as he was only on a one-fight losing streak. His last UFC fight took place in February earlier this year in Rio Rancho against Jan Blachowicz.

In that fight, he was knocked out in the first round. Prior to losing to Blachowicz, the 30-year old was riding on a four-fight winning streak having beaten the likes of Johnny Walker, Ilir Latifi, Glover Teixeira and Patrick Cummins.

Corey Anderson is recovering from a gruesome injury 

The move to Bellator came after Corey Anderson revealed that he was recovering from a serious injury. Following his loss to Jan Blachowicz, Anderson blacked out and collapsed on a gravel road smashing his face.

“Following my last fight, I blacked out and collapsed smashing my face on a gravel road after scouting some land for hours,” Anderson captioned the post. “[I] ended up in the E.R. for five days running numerous tests and blood work to figure out what happened. I [have] seen a long list of different doctors, all but one said it was do to [a] major concussion and lack of water and food after hiking through the woods for hours. One doctor would tell me it was my heart… that my heart had stopped beating and it could happen again, but next time in a fight!”

“I would take many trips to NYU hospital, meeting several different specialists during many more test and undergoing two very painful outpatient heart procedures to find more evidence to go along with that ONE doctor’s notes,” the light-heavyweight contender continued. “He had put a complete halt to my career as a fighter until it was clear my heart was safe to compete. And as of last monday night, I left hospital for the final time after my last procedure with [a] clearance note in hand, and the doctor telling me ‘Congrats, Mr. Anderson, I can let you go back to beating people up!’”

“After my fight, the commission [and] medics failed to do the proper after fight check-up and I went back to living life as normal. And I paid a hefty price! This whirlwind five months have put A LOT of things into perspective,” he expressed. “I advise you other fighters to look after your health if you took some big shots to your head in a fight or practice, take the proper time to recover. It took me having my son sitting there looking at me in a hospital bed to realize there is real life after fighting and I want to be here to enjoy it. Fight smart, train smart, but recover and rest SMARTER! Use your head while you still have the brains to do so.”

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