Coming off the only loss of his career over a year ago to Marcin Held at Bellator 117, lightweight Derek “Barbaric” Anderson was looking to rebound in his first fight of 2015 in January.
Against Danny Navarro at Bellator 132, Anderson was able to pick up a third-round TKO win, but it’s not a fight he’s overly impressed with.
“I did well, but I know I can do a lot better,” Anderson told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s one of the reasons I want to move up in weight class and fight bigger guys, because I think I fight more to my potential when I’m more worried about my opponent.”
Looking to improve upon his performance, Anderson has branched out to other gyms and feels that he’s made good strides in the last half year.
“I went up to Canada and trained at TriStar for a while,” said Anderson. “I had some new looks and things, and now I’m back and I’m working with my boxing coach and I’m ready to kick some ass. Nobody is beating me.
“Training with the talent level out there, I was able to hold my own just fine. So it’s been a boost to my confidence.”
Anderson (12-1) will look to pick up his second straight win on Friday in Temecula, Calif., when he takes on undefeated prospect Brent Primus (5-0) at Bellator 141.
“I’m an all-around fighter and I’m going to go in there and fight him and beat him up,” said Anderson of facing Primus.
Though he has more than twice the amount of fights than his opponent does, Anderson is more focused on the match itself, rather than any existential things that may influence it.
“All I’m thinking is that I’m going to go in there and kick (Primus’) ass,” said Anderson. “I know I’m capable of putting a hurt on this guy, and I’m going to do it. I know the fighter he is, and he’s not ready for me.”
Having gotten back on track earlier this year, Anderson is looking at Aug. 28 being the showcase he needs to get him back into the thick of things.
“I just hope it bumps me up to the top soon,” said Anderson. “I should be fighting more high level opponents now. I’m on the undercard (on this show), and I’ve beat two guys on the main card, so hopefully (a win) will put me where I’m supposed to be.”