Corey Anderson Responds To Joe Rogan’s Claim That Elite Fighters Outside UFC Are ‘Wasting Their Career’

"Overtime" said it's not always about the fame.

Corey Anderson Talks Joe Rogan
Corey Anderson Talks Joe Rogan - Image credit @joerogan @coreya_mma Instagram
  • Corey Anderson explained why Joe Rogan was wrong about saying elite fighters competing outside the UFC are wasting their career
  • “Overtime” insists he made more money with Bellator than the UFC and he’d rather stick to it

Corey Anderson disagrees with Joe Rogan and explained why making more money is better than being famous.

It’s not always about fame

Rogan previously stated that he believes that high-level fighters are “wasting their career” fighting for other promotions instead of taking their talents to the industry leader – the UFC. Refuting Rogan’s claim, Anderson, who fought for the UFC before joining Bellator, replied and pointed out that while he had more fans in the UFC, he’s better off making more money with Bellator.

“Now yall know I LOVE my guy Joe!

But as someone who spent 7 years in the UFC and left at #4 in the organization….. fans seeing me fight wasn’t enough to pay bills or even begin to set my family up for a future. My wife and I both had to have jobs to keep afloat in between fights until my first fight in Bellator. I always say “I make more money in Bellator”, well my last fight ranked in the top 5, and my purse didn’t even make close to 6 figures… that’s 100K… after 7 years, 15 fights, 13 top 15 opponents, and being ranked in the top 10 within my first year. (My debut fight I made 16k). Hell, even to go be on @joerogan podcast, I had scramble to find someone to cover for me at work to go,” Anderson wrote on Instagram.

“Yet my first fight in Bellator I made 5x more and was able to free my wife of a job and focus fully on my career as a fighter for the first time ever.”

“SOOOOO what good is it to have a fan base when I still have to work everyday to afford life. Compared to having fewer fans, financial freedom, and set your family up for life after fighting?”

Corey was a top UFC contender

Anderson left the UFC for Bellator in 2020 despite being one of the promotion’s top light heavyweights. During his stint with the UFC, “Overtime” beat some fellow top contenders such as former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira, Jan Blachowicz and Johnny Walker.

Anderson last fought at Bellator 297 and beat Phil Davis via split decision. He currently has a pro MMA record of 17-6-1.

Published on December 27, 2023 at 12:10 pm
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