After suffering a split-decision loss to Brent Primus a year ago, once again going to the judges’ decision and hearing he’d been involved in another split-decision against Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in December was not quite what Bellator lightweight Derek Anderson was hoping for.
Thankfully for Anderson, he managed to come out on the winning side of things and get a split-decision victory over Freire.
“I guess it was close,” Anderson said to MMAWeekly.com. “(Freire) was a real tough guy. I felt I definitely won, though. I think I could have performed even better, actually, but I think I performed just well enough to get the win.
“At least I performed better than I did with the Primus fight. I was sick with the Primus fight. I couldn’t even do what I wanted to, but I still feel like I won that one.”
Having been nearly nine months since his win over Freire, Anderson believes he’s continued to mature as a complete fighter and doesn’t feel he can be outdone in any aspect of MMA.
“Little adjustments over eight months has made me get better and better,” he said. “Every day that goes by, I’m a more well-rounded, complete fighter. Nobody is going to beat me anywhere.”
Anderson (13-2) will look for his second straight win when he takes on Saad Awad (19-7) in a 155-pound co-main event of Bellator 160 on August 26 in Anaheim, California.
“I think I’m going to knock him out,” Anderson said of Awad. “I think it’s going to be pretty quick. I’m just a far superior fighter. And I’ll be ready for a title shot after that.”
With four wins in six Bellator fights, and possibly a seventh on Aug. 26, Anderson is looking to stake his claim to the lightweight title sooner than later.
“I don’t want to wait for it at all,” he said. “I’m ready for it. (If I get a finish) against Saad, and then I’ll be undeniable. They’ll have to give it to me.
“Me and Pitbull went the distance, and Pitbull got knocked out pretty quick (by Michael Chandler in June), so I think I have to knock somebody out pretty quick to be on that same level.”