“UFC Gave Me the Career Bellator Gave Me the Life!”- Corey Anderson Claims Bellator Pays Him More Than UFC

Published 04/21/2021, 1:42 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Corey Anderson looks on prior to his light heavyweight bout against Ovince Saint Preux during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Before fighting the ‘Polish Power’ Jan Blachowicz, Corey Anderson was on a four-fight win streak in the UFC. The future UFC champion knocked out Anderson in the first-round following which the latter left the UFC to join Bellator MMA. ‘Overtime’ has regained his momentum and is now competing in the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix for the organization.

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Now, Anderson is on a two-fight winning streak and will fight Ryan Bader in the semi-final of the Grand Prix. Following his second fight at Bellator MMA, Anderson tweeted Bellator paid him more money than the UFC. (Per The Sports Daily, Overtime earned $978,000 in the UFC in 15 fights)

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‘Overtime’ wrote, “UFC gave me the career… Bellator gave me the life!! In 2 fights 6 months with Bellator, I’ve made double of what I did in 15 fights (11 wins 2 bonuses) 7 years with UFC. Now I live and enjoy life to the fullest with my family every day! Let that marinate…”

Corey Anderson is having the time of his life fighting for Bellator and looks very satisfied with his paychecks and his career.

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Corey Anderson will fight Ryan Bader in the Semi-Finals of the Grand Prix

Ryan Bader is a veteran in the fight game and has a record of 28 wins and 6 losses. He beat former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision to advance to the next stage and lock a fight against Anderson.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Corey Anderson celebrates his TKO victory over Johnny Walker of Brazil in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The other semifinal will see Vadim Nemkov fight either Anthony Johnson or Yoel Romero. Both are former UFC fighters and will make their Bellator debut against each other on May 7. ‘Rumble’ Johnson will make his comeback after 4 long years. He lost his last fight against Daniel Cormier. Meanwhile, Yoel Romero, who is on a three-fight skid, lost his last fight against Israel Adesanya at UFC 248.

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Even though both fighters are coming off of losses, the fight is still a must-watch for a lot of fans. As both Romero and Johnson possess unmatched power, they could easily shut the lights off with a single punch.

Who do you think will emerge as the Light Heavyweight Bellator champion?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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