Jan Blachowicz calls Corey Anderson ‘2nd league’ fighter, Anderson says he made UFC champ his ‘broad’ in first fight

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Despite no longer being employed by the same promotion, and a trilogy fight unlikely, Jan Blachowicz vs Corey Anderson is quickly becoming one of the best rivalries in the light heavyweight division.

Former ranked UFC 205-pound talent Corey Anderson (16-5) had a major statement victory over the weekend at Bellator 268. The win was his third straight. It booked his ticket to the finals of the promotion’s light heavyweight Grand Prix, and it came against an elite name in former two-division champ Ryan Bader.

Following the event, both “Overtime” and Bellator President Scott Coker suggested the winner of the upcoming tournament final between Anderson and division champion Vadim Nemkov would decide who is the best 205-pound fighter not just in Bellator, but in the entire sport. Part of the reasoning behind this theory is because the 32-year-old American owns a win over current UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz (28-8).

Jan Blachowicz slams Corey Anderson as a ‘2nd league’ star

Well, the wielder of “Polish Power” does not subscribe to this theory, and took to his Twitter account on Monday to air his thoughts on the claim Anderson and Nemkov are the best in the division. And in doing so, the 38-year-old reminded Anderson about his first-round knockout win over him last year and called the Chicago-native’s current fighting home a second-rate league.

“Hold up. So a guy who bolted from the UFC after I’ve slept him and almost made him retire, got a couple of wins in the 2nd league and claims he is the best?” Blachowicz wrote. “Maybe I’ve punched him too hard. No class in win or defeat Corey. There’s levels to this.”

Anderson claims he made Blachowicz his ‘broad’ for three rounds in 2015

Anderson’s recent win streak follows his final bout in the UFC, which was a loss to Blachowicz. The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 winner eventually asked for his release from the promotion, and it was granted. Soon after he signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator.

Blachowicz’s tweet of course spread like wildfire in MMA circles and got back to the Bellator light heavyweight number-one contender. In his own Twitter response, Anderson harkened back to the pair’s first fight. Saying he made Blachowicz look like the “elephant man” after his three-round unanimous decision win in 2015.

“Let’s not forget what happened to you the 1st time I left you looking like elephant man. And you posted ‘I need to go home and rethink my career,'” Anderson wrote. “Yea, I got knocked out in our 2nd fight (lucky punch?) but I made you my broad for 15 minutes straight. Nothing lucky about that.”

Anderson is expected to face Nemkov in the finals of the light heavyweight Grand Prix in the first quarter of 2022.

Blachowicz will compete in the main event of UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 30. On that night, he will defend his championship against another ageless wonder, and former title challenger in Glover Teixeira.

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