Derek Anderson Returns to Bellator After Car Accident
From the moment you meet Bellator fighter Derek Anderson, you’re immediately taken aback by how calm he is for someone with a nickname like “The Barbaric”.
Talking with FIGHT SPORTS, the San Diego born fighter expressed confidence in his skills heading into his first fight in fifteen months, claiming “a little time off won’t give me no rust.”
Anderson has spent his life fighting. Whether as a skater, a biker, or now being paid for it in MMA, it shows with his 14-3 pro record. Anderson, who “loves to put on a show,” has had his last four fights go to the scorecards, having people question why he hasn’t been finishing fights. “It’s hard sometimes. The more comfortable I get out there, the more I play around… I need to get angry at the guy and beat him up.”
Anderson’s been busy since his loss to Derek Campos at Bellator 170, “I’ve been training the whole time, I’ve just not been able to get a fight.”
“I had a few things go on, I got hit by a car, I’m in school right now… I’m just glad to be back.”
When asked about the accident, Anderson explained that “some jack*** ran into me in traffic. Then he tried to peel out around me, he T-bones me right in the driver’s side door, and sends me straight into a ditch… I hopped out of the window and chased him down [as he tried to drive away from the scene] …The cops came, and I’m still out a car because of this guy. We’re kinda waiting on a lawsuit, and I’m still recovering from it, but it is what it is.”
With all the free time he’s had since being sidelined, Anderson needed a back-up plan, and fast. “You still get bored without a fight coming up,” said Anderson. “I needed money, so I was like ‘I need a job or something.’ Then I figured I could get a financial aid check and go back to school, take a class in something I’m interested in like psychology.”
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I do like using my brain instead of getting it punched in.”
Anderson returns to the Bellator Cage on April 13th, as part of the Bellator 197 undercard against Zak Bucia in a lightweight showdown.
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