Bellator 268: Corey Anderson knocks out the former Bellator light-heavyweight champ Ryan Bader in the very first round!

This win is a third-straight for Anderson in the Bellator promotion, also qualifying him for the finals of the tournament as well as a title shot at the light-heavyweight division.

Ryan Bader- Corey Anderson
Ryan Bader vs Corey Anderson

So it seems like not only Bellator MMA but “No Time” Corey Anderson is himself responsible too for having a life-changing elevation in his career. The former UFC light-heavyweight fighter who is now signed to Bellator has won all three fights in the company, with the latest win coming now as he knocks out former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, who’s also the current Bellator heavyweight champion. Anderson gets to be qualified in the Bellator light-heavyweight tournament finals, the second finalist in the light-heavyweight champion is Vladim Nemkov.

Anderson, with a pro-record of 15 wins and 5 losses, and 3-0 in MMA, is currently ranked #2 in amongst light-heavyweight, the win-now gives him Bader‘s #1 position and a shot at the light-heavyweight title in the near future. The current light-heavyweight champion Vladim Nemkov defended his belt against fellow light-heavyweight Julius Anglickas at the main event of Bellator 268.

Twitter reacts to Corey Anderson’s knockout of former training partner and UFC fellow Ryan Bader

Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson

Ariel Helwani, who recently interviewed Anderson on his show The MMA Hour had to be in awe of what happened. He tweets in reference to Corey’s career so far in Bellator “Oh myyyy. Corey Anderson wins via first-round TKO. What a freaking run so far for Anderson in Bellator. He advances to the finals of the LHW tourney.” Helwani, later, posted the video of the technical-finish.

Corey Anderson’s run over Ryan Bader

Here is The Sports Network’s reporter Aaron Bronsteter‘s tweet

Former UFC lightweight champion and current bantamweight Frankie Edgar had some praise for his training partner as they share the same boxing coach in Mark Henry.

Following is ESPN’s reporter Marc Raimondi‘s tweet stating what happened in the fight and the future for Anderson, “[Corey] Anderson with a huge knockout of Ryan Bader! Overhand right on the ear. Anderson is now in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix finals, which will be a title fight. Exactly where he wanted to be when he made the move from the UFC last year. #Bellator268

UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa is all in to watch Corey Anderson’s title fight as soon as possible.

The future seems bright for Anderson now and now he is well off financially and career-wise, we might just see the best of him just like we saw in Ryan Bader when he left the UFC in a similar fashion and signed to Bellator, only to become a pound-for-pound #1 fighter on the roaster at one point of time and a two-division champion in the promotion. Will the fate be the same for Anderson? Only the future can tell, considering how tough of a fight is his next match-up, the champion Vladim Nemkov.

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