Corey Anderson will try once again to claim the Bellator title this Friday night.
Anderson will challenge Vadim Nemkov for the light heavyweight title at Bellator 288. The bout is also the finals in the grand prix, with the winner earning $1 million live on Showtime.
The 33-year-old met Nemkov back in April and the bout was stopped in the third round due to an accidental clash of heads. Fans were left wanting more, and now they are going to get it.
Anderson’s path to the finals included a resounding first round finish of Ryan Bader, a former champion in Bellator. Overall, he is now 16-5 with three wins inside the Bellator cage.
Along with besting Bader, Anderson also stopped Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov and Melvin Manhoef.
Prior to signing with Bellator, Anderson had a strong career in the UFC. He earned wins over former champion Glover Teixeira and squared off with Jan Blachowicz.
Anderson has also earned wins over Johnny Walker, Patrick Cummins and Ilir Latifi.
Nemkov has been one of the top 205-pound fighters since his arrival, topping Phil Davis, Bader twice and recently submitting Julius Anglickas.
The card also features Patricky Pitbull defending his lightweight title against Usman Nurmagomedov. Rounding out the main card will be Daniel Weichel vs. Timur Khizriev, Tyrell Fortune vs. Daniel James and Roman Faraldo vs. Levan Chokheli.