Why Was Corey Anderson Released By The UFC?
Former UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson asked for his release from the promotion, and while it was granted some more details are starting to surface.
In early August, Anderson made the jump from UFC to Bellator. The news came as a surprise to many given that Anderson still had fights remaining on his UFC contract. When you consider the fact that the UFC and Bellator are competitors, it left many wondering why a top 205-pounder in Anderson would be let out of his deal.
During the UFC on ESPN 15 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White addressed Anderson’s release when speaking to reporters (h/t MMANews.com).
“First of all, it’s the right move for him,” White responded. “This isn’t something that we’ve never done before. And I think that he feels, and we feel, that he can be more competitive there.”
Anderson wasted little time offering a response on his Twitter account.
It doesn't bother me that he's still lyin on my name. Anyone who knows me or knows MMA knows this isn't true. But what doesn't sit right with me is the people I consider close to me who have power that knows this isn't true are sitting quiet. Just know I see you. #thataintloyal https://t.co/xRhP5wsHuf
— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 24, 2020
“It doesn’t bother me that he’s still lyin on my name. Anyone who knows me or knows MMA knows this isn’t true. But what doesn’t sit right with me is the people I consider close to me who have power that knows this isn’t true are sitting quiet. Just know I see you. #thataintloyal.”
Anderson was riding a four-fight winning streak before he clashed with Jan Blachowicz back in February. He was stopped in the opening frame via knockout. It appeared a win would’ve put him in line for a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title but now he finds himself in a new promotion.
At the time of his release, Anderson was the number four-ranked UFC light heavyweight. Bellator President Scott Coker took to social media to welcome Anderson to his new home.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) August 7, 2020
“I would like to formally welcome top-ranked light heavyweight @CoreyA_MMA to @BellatorMMA.”
Anderson is likely to be a top contender in short order under the Bellator banner. The promotion recently saw a changing of the guard at 205 pounds when Vadim Nemkov stopped Ryan Bader to become the new Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.