Former Foes Jan Blachowicz, Corey Anderson Trade Barbs on Social Media
The ongoing Bellator Lightweight Grand Prix has rekindled the debate over the best light heavyweight in the sport and there are more than a few in the MMA community who believe Vadim Nemkov-Corey Anderson’s winner can claim this top spot.
“This was a 205-man glove and whoever wins this tournament, to me, is the best 205er on the planet, period,” Bellator president Scott Coker said Saturday night. “That’s how I feel.”
Anderson was particularly impressive in sending Ryan Bader in just 51 seconds to the Bellator 268 co-main event at the Footprint Center in Phoenix for his seventh eight-time promotion to California-based promotions and the UFC. The man known as “Overtime” holds the key wins over Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, who will win gold light heavyweight on the line at UFC 267 later this month.
However, Blahovic avenged this defeat in Anderson’s last octagonal appearance by knockout in the first round of UFC Fight Night 167 in February 2020. The Polish star made an exception in every sense that Anderson, who is currently at No. 2 in Serdog’s ranking may be the top light heavyweight in the sport.
“Patience … So, a guy who left the UFC after I put him to sleep and almost made him retire, got some wins at [second] league and claims to be the best? “Blahovic wrote on Twitter.
“It simply came to our notice then [too] hard … No category in victory or defeat, Cory. There are levels to that. “
That sparked a backlash from Anderson, who reminded Blahovic of their first meeting at UFC 191, which was won by a member of “The Ultimate Fighter 19” by unanimous decision. It was an absurd case in which Anderson secured a pair of 30-25 scores from the judges in the cage. “We should not forget. What happened to you [first] once I let you look like an elephant. And you posted, “I have to go home and rethink my career,” Anderson wrote.
“It simply came to our notice then [second] battle (lucky punch?), but I made you wide for 15 [minutes] straight. “Nothing lucky in that.”
Anderson is expected to face Nemkov for the Bellator crown sometime in early 2022, while Blachowicz vs. Teixeira will go down on October 30 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
We should not forget. What happened to you the first time I let you look like an elephant. And you posted, “I have to go home and rethink my career.”
Yes, I was knocked out in our 2nd match (lucky punch?), But I made you wide for 15 minutes in a row, nothing lucky in that. https://t.co/q5kSRUVt48
– Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA)
October 18, 2021