- Corey Anderson shared his take on his performance against Vadim Nemkov in a title fight that ended in a no contest
- “Overtime” opened up about his mistake on social media
Corey Anderson was devastated by how his chance to dethrone reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 277 was botched. Nevertheless, he is still convinced that he beat the champ.
Anderson believes he’s the best
Anderson came in prepared to take out Nemkov but unfortunately, an accidental headbutt prompted officials to stop the fight in the third round and declare it as no contest.
Speaking to reporters in his post-fight press conference, “Overtime” insisted that though it was a no contest, he certainly dominated the champion.
“I know I’m the champ,” Anderson said. “You guys can’t say anything else. We saw an accidental headbutt but you guys saw the 15 minutes. You saw the first round, yeah it was a lot closer. But second and third [rounds]…no way you’re gonna score that to [Nemkov].”
The former UFC fighter also reiterated that he’s still the best light heavyweight there is.
“I’ve been saying it for years. My mind don’t change. I am the best. I’ve said it, I believe it and I know it. I just went out there and dominated him [Nemkov]. I didn’t just beat him, I broke him.”
A lesson learned
Hours after the press conference, Anderson then reflected on the “biggest lesson” he learned at Bellator 277.
It can be recalled that Anderson was the one who notified the referee about the headbutt while he was in an advantageous position via side control. Looking back, “Overtime” said that he should’ve just went on.
“Biggest lesson of the night ‘being a good sport and/or person isn’t always the best decision’ but that’s not going to change me from being me,” he wrote on Twitter. “YES! I told the ref “we collided heads” when he and my coaches told me to keep going cuz his eyes were red from the blood. #Bellator277.”
Biggest lesson of the night 'being a good sport and/or person isn't always the best decision' but that's not going to change me from being me. YES! I told the ref "we collided heads" when he and my coaches told me to keep going cuz his eyes were red from the blood. #Bellator277
— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) April 16, 2022
As things stand, Anderson’s no contest against Nemkov has broken his unbeaten run at Bellator.