San Jose, CA – For Bellator light heavyweight Corey Anderson the wait for the final fight of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix has been a long one. Bordering on frustration for the title challenger Anderson found himself having to be patient for the fight to arrive. He faces the champion Vadim Nemkov on Friday April 15th at Bellator 277.
“Man I’m really excited, but like you said, finally. When it all started the date was supposed to be set for October (2021). So you try to stay active and grind the whole time without getting hurt. Then the pandemic and things happened and it just kept getting pushed back. But at the same time you still try to grind because you never know when the date was going to be. It’s been like a long year of training because the opening round was April 14th (2021) for me, my first was April 14th, now here we are April 15th so it’s been a year and a day that I’ll be closing it out,” Anderson told reporters at media day on Wednesday.
“So I’ve been training literally non-stop for a whole year. Not going on vacation taking away time from the family just to get this million dollars so I’m ready.”
Nemkov and Anderson will fight in the co-main event slot of Bellator 277 which was fine with Anderson except for one small detail.
“Only thing I was disappointed in, I wanted to have the confetti and everything falling. I want to pop champagne and spray it in the cage and I wanted my million dollars,” Anderson said with a laugh.
“But with him coming in behind me I guess I won’t be doing any of that because I can’t leave the cage a mess. Other than that I don’t care where I am. A million dollars, get my belt, I just want to go out there and get this dub. Just excited to be here.”
Anderson also spoke on the competition Nemkov has defeated to get to the Grand Prix final.
“I’ve just got to be me. Thing is these other guys he fought wasn’t Corey Anderson. Now he’s got to fight Corey Anderson. So just got out there and do the same thing I’ve been doing to be dominant. The fights I’ve lost has been because I did something wrong or got caught. The fights I win I always dominate there’s never been a close fight. It hasn’t been like ‘Oh this guy almost beat Corey’ no. When I win, I win, because that’s just my style,” Anderson said.
“If I go out there and do what Corey Anderson does I should go out there and do the same thing I’ve done in every victory. Come out victorious, unscathed.”
In terms of who the best light heavyweight in the world is, Anderson has no doubt.
“I’ve had no doubt in my mind since my last UFC fight. I haven’t had a doubt in my mind for a while now. I know I’m the best,” Anderson said.
“I’m just going to go out here and prove it this weekend.”
Watch the rest of Corey Anderson’s media day scrum above. Bellator 277 goes down April 15th in San Jose, CA on Showtime.