“If He Dies He Dies”: Corey Anderson on His Fight With Johnny Walker

Published 02/15/2020, 3:48 PM EST
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Corey Anderson takes on Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 167. The winner of this fight is very likely to fight for the title in his next fight. Both Anderson and Blachowicz have done some heavy lifting in the division to get to this point. However, Anderson’s journey in the light heavyweight division has been fascinating.

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Corey Anderson is the dark horse in the light heavyweight division. Even after beating some huge names he did not receive the recognition that he deserves until he shocked the world at UFC 244. 

Anderson squared off against Johnny Walker who was believed to be the guy to dethrone Jon Jones. However, Anderson destroyed Walker in the first round, putting an end to the hype around Walker and establishing himself as a strong contender for the title. 

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Now between Corey Anderson and his title shot stands the Polish fighter, Jan Blachowicz who is chasing the same dream as Corey. 

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Corey Anderson looks back at his fight with Johnny Walker

Leading to the fight against Balchowicz, Anderson looked back at the times when he was disrespected by UFC and the fans and stated:

“Everything I have done before the fight with Johnny Walker, still everybody was like Corey has beaten nobody. I beat Ilir Latifi ranked 4th, Glover Teixeira ranked 3rd who fought for the title. You are gonna sit and say they were nobodies. That was kind of like disrespectful.”

Corey Anderson claimed that he went into the fight with Walker with the intent to finish the fight brutally. Anderson recalled: 

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“I remember telling my wife going to the fight, I just got to really kill somebody. If he dies he dies. Like I am pissed. They keep doubting me.”

Corey Anderson further added that it was his brother who urged him to make a statement in the fight against Walker to earn the respect that he deserves.

“It was my brother who called me and said ‘Bro, I am hurt with you. Every time I see one of these interviews I wanna cry for you. The fact that they don’t respect you, you got to go out there and hurt this man. And we both said if he dies he dies. I did not care anymore.”  Anderson continued.

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Read: Corey Anderson issues a warning to Jon Jones

Well, the spot light is going to be on Corey Anderson when he takes on Jan Blachowicz. The close decision loss of Dominick Reyes against the once invincible, Jon Jones has energized the light heavyweight division. Between Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz, whoever shall rise to the occasion might get a shot at the light heavyweight gold.

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