Anderson earned a title shot, and a spot in the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix finals with a 51 second TKO win over Ryan Bader this past Saturday in the co-main event of Bellator 268. He will now challenge Vadim Nemkov — who was also victorious via fourth-round submission of Julius Anglickas on Saturday — for the title sometime in 2022.
Following the event, Bellator president Scott Coker felt strongly that the grand prix winner will be the best 205er on the planet, while Anderson already feels like he has that spot. Blachowicz, who is 1-1 in two fights with Anderson, including a first-round KO win in their most recent meeting in February 2020, does not agree with “Overtime.”
Hold up... So a guy who bolted from the UFC after I've slept him and almost made him retire, got a couple of wins in the 2nd league and claims he is the best?— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) October 18, 2021
Maybe I've punched him to hard... No class in win or defeat Corey. There's levels to this. ♂️
Anderson would part ways with the UFC and sign with Bellator following the loss, while Blachowicz went on to capture and defend the UFC light heavyweight titles with victories over Dominick Reyes and Israel Adesanya.
Following Blachowicz’s response, Anderson had one of his own — this time, reminding Blachowicz of their first meeting, an Anderson unanimous decision win at UFC 191.
Let's not forget. What happened to you the 1st time I left you looking like elephant man. And you posted "I need to go home and rethink my career".— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) October 18, 2021
Yea I got knocked out in our 2nd fight (lucky punch?) but I made you my broad for 15 min straight nothing lucky about that. https://t.co/q5kSRUVt48