Interview: No. 12-ranked light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson is already preparing like an elite fighter and he expects to continue his winning ways when he faces “Filthy” Tom Lawlor on the UFC 196 main card this Saturday night (March 5, 2016).
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Light Heavyweight winner Corey Anderson is five fights into his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career, but for “Beastin 25/8,” it still feels as if he won the promotion’s flagship reality show.
“I was watching some episodes the other day to see how I’ve grown. If it wasn’t for that, where would Corey be right now?,” Anderson asks himself. “In my eyes, I’d be back in Illinois fighting in some local shows.”
The year was 2013 and fighting was “a hobby” back then, according to the former All-American wrestler from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. At the time, Anderson was working three different jobs. He was a resident assistant and wrestling coach at Lincoln College in his home state of Illinois, as well as a supervisor at Holland Trucking and Freight in the evening.
Money was tight and fighting wasn’t going to be enough to pay the bills. Anderson made roughly $200 to show and $200 to win before he tried out for TUF.
Although it might seem like a hardship, it was not so for Anderson, who had the experience of working for his parents company when he was young. Heck, he even started a retirement fund at the age of 16.
“I’ve never had that problem [saving money]. I don’t travel, or go on vacation. I just buy myself something for my birthday and Christmas,” Anderson mentioned.
Anderson moved on to pursue fighting with next to nothing in experience, aside from his pristine wrestling credentials. After competing three times in six months, notching two knockouts and one unanimous ….View full article
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