On the second fight in the UFC main card, Corey Anderson outpointed Ilir Latifi in a close fight over three rounds to win via unanimous decision at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Ilir Latifi was very aggressive in the opening round, but this turned out against him as the better conditioned Anderson, who took Ilir’s best shots, stuffed his takedowns and landed more shots overall on his way to his third straight victory.
In the third round, Corey Anderson and Latifi began to slow down and their work rates had decreased severely. At one point, he seemed to be slightly wobbled by an Ilir Latifi punch, but nothing significant and he was able to come out of the round.
After the fight, he called out fellow UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith. Whereas Corey Anderson has now improved to 11-4 overall with his previous wins coming against Patrick Cummins and Glover Teixeira.
Here are the best Twitter reactions:
Corey Anderson is FIRED UP about that 29-28 decision that was largely a result of Latifi fading after the first round.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) December 30, 2018
205 has always been bad, but I think it's now at an all-time low. I have no interest at all in Jones vs. Anthony Smith, Jan Blachowicz, or Corey Anderson, the top three contenders. Dominick Reyes could be a good fight, but not yet.
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) December 30, 2018
Corey Anderson is FIRED UP. #UFC232
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) December 30, 2018
We go into the final round!
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) December 30, 2018
Corey Anderson is hyped right now. #UFC232
— Jordan Patu. (@Jordan_Patu) December 30, 2018
Corey Anderson wants Anthony Smith smoke…not mad at that call out #UFC232
— Anthony Walker (@AntWalkerMMA) December 30, 2018
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) December 30, 2018
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) December 30, 2018
Uht oh Latifi is wearing out and Anderson ain’t about that life #UFC232
— Vinc Pichel (@FromHellPichel) December 30, 2018
Well… Latifi looks like he's about to be outta here; running on about 1/4 tank. #UFC232
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) December 30, 2018
Latifi gassing so hard right now. 1-1 might end up going 0-5 in my loose picks tonight lolol. We shall see #ufc232
— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) December 30, 2018
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) December 30, 2018
This is about to be a split decision #ufc232
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 30, 2018
Man what a card so far #ufc232
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 30, 2018
Way to go @CoreyA_MMA congrats!!!
— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) December 30, 2018