Corey Anderson, Bellator 277/279 Press Conference, Los Angeles Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press
Los Angeles, CA — At Bellator 277 this Friday, Corey Anderson will finally get his chance to claim gold in a major MMA promotion.
It’s been a long time coming. Anderson couldn’t get the time of day from UFC matchmakers, when it came to a title fight against Jon Jones. So it was no surprise to see him jump ship to Bellator MMA a few years back — where he has steadily made his way to a title fight against Vadim Nemkov, in the finale of the promotion’s light heavyweight grand prix.
There’s more than just a belt on the line Friday, however. With the win in the grand prix comes a million dollars in prize money. While Anderson has said it isn’t all about the money, he’s also frequently noted that he’s a prize fighter at the end of the day.
“Like you said, the money isn’t really a big thing. I’ve already got the first purchase in mind, it was going to happen before, without, whatever, this money,” Anderson (16-5) told Cageside Press, when asked what his first purchase would be as a potential millionaire. “I’m going to just go buy some more property. More stuff to invest in. They’re not making any more land. I’m out here trying to make money, as a prize fighter. Like I said it’s a business. I’m always thinking about the next move. How can I make financial benefits for my family? So when my kids are older, they’ve got some money. Their kids go, they’re older, I can teach them that thing. So this money is going to go straight in the bank account so I can make some more investments.”
Anderson has certainly become more of a businessman over the years. And he remembers recisely how that mindset came about.
“I remember the exact moment like it was two seconds ago. I remember after my last UFC fight, I ended up having a fall at home. Something happened, I passed out, and smacked my face, and I woke up with the ambulance and everything,” the light heavyweight contender recalled. “I remember going to the hospital, [from] something that happened previously from training and fighting and I didn’t take the time to rest. And I looked at my wife and my son, she brought my son to visit me in the hospital, I remember looking at her saying ‘I can’t do this anymore.’”