Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz has rejected recent claims from Bellator light heavyweight world Grand Prix finalist, Corey Anderson that he is the best light heavyweight fighter in the world at the moment, claiming he may have hit his two-time opponent “too hard” during their pair of bouts.
Blachowicz, who is scheduled to headline UFC 267 at the end of this month on ‘Fight Island’ — attempts to lodge his second successful defense of the light heavyweight crown, tackling Minas Gerais veteran, the #1 ranked Glover Teixeira.
For Anderson, the UFC alum continued the blistering start to his run under the Scott Coker-led Bellator MMA over the weekend at Bellator, stopping current Bellator heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader with a massive first round knockout win inside the opening minute of the first round.
The victory extended Anderson’s undefeated streak under the Bellator banner to three fights — following a pair of other knockout triumphs opposite Melvin Manhoef and a world Grand Prix quarter final win over Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov back in April.
Following his knockout win over Bader, Anderson told assembled media post-fight that he is the best light heavyweight in the world.
“I already know I’m the best light heavyweight in the world,” Anderson said. “I already know the Jan Blachowicz, it was a hiccup of mine in my own shield. I’m not going to say I underestimated him but I looked past him. I was thinking, ‘I whooped the sh*t out of this dude once and I’m going to do it again.’ But I shouldn’t have. I should have taken it one fight at a time.”
Twice clashing, Anderson handed Blachowicz a unanimous decision loss at UFC 191 back in September 2015 to improve to 6-1, before the two would rematch in a light heavyweight title-eliminator five years later.
In February of last year, Blachowicz avenged the loss in the main event of UFC Fight Night Rio Rancho, stopping Anderson with a first round knockout win before stopping Dominick Reyes in September in a vacant championship-winning performance.
Responding to Anderson’s post-fight comments, Blachowicz claimed the Illinois native had “no class in win (victory) or defeat”.
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. 🤦♂️
“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?” Blachowicz tweeted. “Maybe I’ve punched him to (sic) hard… No class in win or defeat, Corey (Anderson). There’s levels to this.”
In response to Blachowicz’s tweet, Anderson reminded the current champion of their first showdown six years ago, claiming he made Blachowicz his “broad” for the three round fight.
🤣🤣🤣 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
“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”. 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.”
He must've forgot….. 🤷🏿♂️ pic.twitter.com/VBcqPyhIqq— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) October 18, 2021
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