UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson speaks to ESPN anchor Karyn Bryant, along with analysts Michael Bisping and Mike Chiesa just one night before his UFC Fight Night main event in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Corey talks about his young son, why he’s so motivated to win now more than ever, and what his fighting future with a win over Jan Blachowicz looks like.
Corey attended Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois and was an All American wrestler. After graduating, he attended University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Corey was not initially interested in pursuing a career in mixed martial arts. During his last year of wrestling at Newberry College in South Carolina, he had met MMA notable, Ben Askren, who persuaded him to try MMA. Despite initial resistance, Corey eventually gave MMA a try after Askren took him to Duke Roufus’s gym to train. Corey graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater with a degree in Business Administration.
On March 25, 2014, Anderson was revealed as one of the cast members of the nineteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, coached by Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn. In the initial elimination rounds Anderson fought and defeated Kelly Anundson by unanimous decision. He was then chosen as the first pick for Team Edgar’s light heavyweight team. In the quarter-finals, Anderson fought Team Penn’s Josh Clark. Anderson utilized his wrestling to control the majority of the bout, resulting in a majority decision win. Anderson next fought fellow Team Edgar teammate, Patrick Walsh, in the semi-finals. He defeated Walsh by unanimous decision to secure his spot at the TUF Finale. Corey Anderson successfully became the light heavyweight winner on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn.
As of November 4, 2019, he is #5 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.