Corey Anderson (fighter)

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Corey Anderson
Born (1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 30)
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesBeastin’ 25/8
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)[2]
StyleBoxing, Wrestling
Fighting out ofRockton, Illinois, U.S.
TeamRenzo Gracie Academy
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Almeida[3]
WrestlingNCAA Division III Wrestling[4]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision8
By knockout3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Corey Anderson (born September 22, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the light heavyweight division. He was 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.[5]

Early life[edit]

He graduated from Hononegah Community High School where he competed in wrestling.[6]

Corey attended Lincoln College (Illinois) in Lincoln, Illinois and was an All American. After graduating he attended University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Corey Anderson was not initially interested in pursuing a career in MMA. During his last year of wrestling at Newberry College in South Carolina, he met MMA notable, Ben Askren, who persuaded him to try MMA. Despite originally resisting, Anderson eventually gave MMA a shot after Askren managed to get him into Duke Roufus's gym.[7] Anderson graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater with a degree in Business Administration.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Anderson was revealed as one of the cast members of the nineteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, coached by Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, on March 25, 2014.[8] In the elimination rounds to determine who got into the TUF house, Anderson fought and defeated Kelly Anundson by unanimous decision after two rounds. He was then chosen as the first pick for Team Edgar's light heavyweights.

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.[9] 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 finale.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Anderson faced Matt Van Buren in the light heavyweight finals on July 6, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. He quickly won the bout via TKO just 61 seconds into the first round to become the light heavyweight tournament winner.[11] His 61-second first-round TKO marked the fastest finish ever to the finale of The Ultimate Fighter show.[12]

Anderson was expected to face Gian Villante on December 6, 2014 at UFC 181.[13] However, Villante pulled out of the fight citing an injury[14] and was replaced by Jonathan Wilson.[15] A few days later, it was announced that Wilson was forced out of the fight and undefeated newcomer Justin Jones would take his place.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

A rescheduled bout with Villante took place on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[17] Anderson lost the fight via TKO in the third round. Despite the loss, he was awarded a bonus for Fight of the Night.[18]

Anderson faced Jan Błachowicz on September 5, 2015 at UFC 191.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Anderson stepped up to face Fábio Maldonado on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77, filling in for an injured Tom Lawlor.[21] He won the one sided fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Anderson faced Tom Lawlor on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196.[23] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[24]

Anderson faced Maurício Rua on May 14, 2016 at UFC 198.[25] Rua was awarded a split decision victory.[26]

Anderson faced Sean O'Connell on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102.[27] He won the fight by TKO in the second round.[28]

Anderson faced Jimi Manuwa on March 18, 2017 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 107.[29] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[30]

Anderson was expected to face Patrick Cummins on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.[31] However, on October 17, Cummins pulled out due to a resistant staph infection.[32] He was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux.[33] After losing the first round and winning the second due to his wrestling, Anderson lost the fight via head kick knockout early in the third round.[34]

Anderson faced Patrick Cummins on April 21, 2018 UFC Fight Night 128.[35] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Anderson faced Glover Teixeira on July 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134, replacing injured Ilir Latifi[37] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Anderson faced Ilir Latifi on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[39] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[40]

Anderson faced Johnny Walker on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[41] He won the fight by technical knockout in the first round.[42] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[43] During the post fight celebration, Anderson taunt and screamed at Walker and shoved the referee away resulted a fine of $10,0000 from New York State Athletic Commission for "unsportsmanlike and disorderly conduct".[44]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 13 wins 4 losses
By knockout 5 3
By decision 8 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–4 Johnny Walker TKO (punches) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 1 2:07 New York City, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 12–4 Ilir Latifi Decision (unanimous) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 11–4 Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith July 22, 2018 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Win 10–4 Patrick Cummins Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9–4 Ovince Saint Preux KO (head kick) UFC 217 November 4, 2017 3 1:25 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 9–3 Jimi Manuwa KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson March 18, 2017 1 3:05 London, England
Win 9–2 Sean O'Connell TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov December 9, 2016 2 2:36 Albany, New York, United States
Loss 8–2 Maurício Rua Decision (split) UFC 198 May 14, 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 8–1 Tom Lawlor Decision (unanimous) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Fábio Maldonado Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 6–1 Jan Błachowicz Decision (unanimous) UFC 191 September 5, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Gian Villante TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 3 4:18 Newark, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 5–0 Justin Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 181 December 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Matt Van Buren TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 1 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 19 Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 3–0 Stephen Flanagan TKO (punches) MMA Xtreme: Fists Will Fly August 24, 2013 1 3:03 Evansville, Indiana, United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 2–0 Myron Dennis Decision (unanimous) XFC: Vengeance July 28, 2013 5 5:00 Grant, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 J.R. Briones TKO (punches) NAFC: Battleground March 29, 2013 1 3:01 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 191 Johnson vs. Dodson 2". Archived from the original on September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Machida vs. Rockhold". Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ ricardoalmeidabjj (October 14, 2016). "Congratulations Edson, Eddie and Corey! It is a privilege to play a small part on your fighting Odyssey". Instagram. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Corey Anderson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-11-05.
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  7. ^ "Corey Anderson wasn't an MMA fighter until Ben Askren convinced him otherwise". FOXSPORTS.COM. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
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  13. ^ Staff (2014-09-16). "'TUF 19' winner Corey Anderson meets Gian Villante at UFC 181". Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  14. ^ Staff (2014-11-13). "Gian Villante out at UFC 181, promotion seeks replacement for Corey Anderson". Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  15. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-11-18). "Wilson replaces injured Villante at UFC 181". Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  16. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-11-24). "Newcomer Jones to face Anderson at UFC 181". Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  17. ^ Staff (2015-01-27). "Corey Anderson meets Gian Villante at UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey". Retrieved 2015-01-27.
  18. ^ a b Karim Kidan (2015-04-18). "UFC on FOX 15 bonuses: Rockhold pockets $50,000 for submission win against Machida". Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  19. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-07-30). "Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson set for UFC 191". Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-09-05). "UFC 191 results: Corey Anderson rolls over Jan Blachowicz". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  21. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-10-20). "With Tom Lawlor injured, Corey Anderson steps in to face Fabio Maldonado at UFC Sao Paulo". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  22. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Corey Anderson dominates Fabio Maldonado for easy decision". Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  23. ^ Staff (2016-01-14). "Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor joins March's UFC 196 lineup". Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  24. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-03-05). "UFC 196 results: Corey Anderson survives rough opening to decision Tom Lawlor". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  25. ^ Staff (2016-03-15). "'Shogun' Rua vs. Corey Anderson set for UFC 198 in Curitiba". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  26. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-05-14). "UFC 198 results: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua takes questionable call over Corey Anderson". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  27. ^ Staff (2016-10-14). "UFC Fight Night 102 gets eight new fights". Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  28. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Corey Anderson grounds and pounds Sean O'Connell for TKO win". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  29. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-01-07). "Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson set for UFC Fight Night London card". Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  30. ^ Damon Martin (2017-03-18). "Jimi Manuwa flattens Corey Anderson with vicious first-round knockout in main event". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  31. ^ "Light Heavyweights Corey Anderson And Patrick Cummins Set To Fight At UFC 217 In NYC - MMA Today". MMA Today. 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  32. ^ "Patrick Cummins says he's off UFC 217 fight card due to 'mutant staph infection'". MMAjunkie. 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  33. ^ "Ovince Saint Preux replaces Patrick Cummins, meets Corey Anderson at UFC 217 in NYC". MMAjunkie. 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  34. ^ "UFC 217 results: Ovince Saint Preux KOs Corey Anderson with head kick, calls out Ilir Latifi". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  35. ^ "David Branch vs. 'Marreta' Santos, Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins added to UFC-Atlantic City". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-07. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  36. ^ "UFC Fight Night 128 results: Corey Anderson beats up Patrick Cummins, then cruises to decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  37. ^ "Ilir Latifi out, Corey Anderson in vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC Hamburg". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
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  40. ^ Myers, Thomas (2018-12-29). "UFC 232 results: Corey Anderson outworks Ilir Latifi, wins unanimous decision". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  41. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-08-05). "Corey Anderson vs. Johnny Walker on tap for UFC 244 in New York". Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  42. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-11-02). "UFC 244 Results: Corey Anderson Makes Huge Statement With First-Round KO". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
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  44. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2019-11-08). "NYSAC fines Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Cordeiro and Corey Anderson for UFC 244 actions". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
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