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Corey Anderson Reveals Advice Daniel Cormier Gave Him That Changed His Career Trajectory Forever

Corey Anderson was lost.

After a knockout of future UFC champion Jan Blachowicz halted the momentum he was building towards his own title, the formerultimate fighter The winner was at a turning point in his career when he was asked to help Daniel Cormier prepare for his upcoming trilogy fight against Stipe Miocic.

After boot camp, Anderson felt good about the job he did with the American Kickboxing Academy team, but what Cormier told him afterward changed his career trajectory forever. .

“Before he left he said ‘Corey, I’m going to be honest with you, I’m commenting and fighting and there’s no reason you can’t be UFC champion by the end of 2020. “,” Anderson revealed, speaking to Combat MMA. “[DC told me] ‘there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a champion.’ It was just because of the work we were doing and he could see the way I was training and competing. He could see how good I was.

“He said ‘let’s put it this way – there’s only one person I’ve been able to do five laps in a row and give me work, constant competition and that’s Cain Velasquez and you you saw what he did, didn’t you? You’re the only person I’ve ever had at camp and compete with me and work and knock me down and you hit me when I hit you. Most guys can’t do that and I beat everyone in the division and was world champion at 205 [pounds]. There’s no reason for you not to be [champion].’”

Hearing that from a former two-division champion made all the difference in the world for Anderson, who admittedly has carried a lot of doubt despite similar praise from his coaches since earning his spot on the UFC roster. .

Considering he once viewed Cormier as one of his biggest rivals as he pursued a championship in the UFC, Anderson began to realize he was perhaps his own biggest obstacle to reaching full potential. he had as a fighter.

“You go with a guy like DC, who you don’t know very well and you help him train, and he tells you that and that’s maybe what my coaches have been telling me all this time. is true,” Anderson said. “Maybe I just need to believe in it more. Believe in myself more. That’s what happened.

“I came to Bellator and brought that with me. Leaving the UFC and the bad blood had boiled to a point where it wasn’t fun to fight anymore. It was fighting for my job and fighting to prove a point every time. When I got to Bellator it was a new slate. I was having fun again and I had this confidence that DC helped me recognize in me and now I’m putting all three things together – have fun, be confident and be patient.

It meant the world to Anderson to hear that from Cormier and the confidence he gained from that conversation has only multiplied over his past three straight wins.

“It took a big burden off my back,” Anderson said. “Because he was one of the champions I was looking to fight and beat at some point. He even called Ali [Abdelaziz]my manager, and said ‘I’m glad I didn’t take this fight and I trashed Corey on Twitter, I’m glad I didn’t take this fight, this kid is really good.’

“To hear that, he’s not just blowing smoke. I’m so good, I just had to believe it.

Cormier also helped Anderson move past the animosity he harbored at the end of his UFC run when it seemed like he was constantly fighting with executives like Dana White over his treatment in the promotion.

Amid a four-game winning streak at the time, Anderson still didn’t receive much consideration for a potential title shot, which only fueled his rage even more.

Ultimately, Anderson says Cormier explained to him that he was clinging too tightly to his desire to earn respect in the UFC when he really should have been worrying only about his own personal gains in the UFC. sport.

“The way DC told me ‘you fell in love with three letters – UFC,'” Anderson explained. “That’s all it was because that’s all you see on social media.”

“Those three letters aren’t going to pay for your child’s tuition. Those three letters aren’t going to earn you more. I made a financial choice. I was trying to stay in the UFC for three letters. DC loves it. UFC, he’s a UFC guy and he’s doing well in the UFC so he wouldn’t leave the UFC but for me I wasn’t doing as well as I am now so why wouldn’t I leave? I did the right thing for me and my family. It’s a smart business decision.

When he first requested his release from the UFC, which later led to signing with Bellator, Anderson was still clinging to a lot of inner turmoil towards his former promotion.

Now that he’s on the verge of becoming Bellator champion with his fight against Vadim Nemkov on Friday night and the million dollar prize money that comes with a win, Anderson has finally started to look at the bigger picture when it comes to his career.

Thanks to the guidance he received from Cormier and his newfound happiness in Bellator, Anderson was able to put his past with the UFC behind him for good.

“It’s like a bad relationship,” Anderson said. “One of my teammates told me first, it’s like a bad ex-girlfriend. You have a girlfriend that you run around with, you try to prove yourself and you try to please her, but then you meet a new girl and it changed everything. You’re happier with that girl and you’ve moved on and you don’t even think about that girl anymore. You don’t think about that old ex who used to pull you down and you lose sleep because you found happiness elsewhere. That’s exactly what it was.

“I don’t even think about the UFC anymore. It was only after I lost to Jan Blachowicz and ended up in the hospital and all that, I looked at my wife and told her I couldn’t do this anymore. I’m done with the fighting game, it’s the fighting business. I was fighting because it was fun to fight, but now I look at it from a business perspective and it all makes so much more sense.