Anderson blev då erbjuden att möta den forne mellanviktsmästaren Luke Rockhold under UFC 238 i juni, men avböjde.
Anderson berättar här varför han valde att göra detta, via Ariel Helwanis MMA Show:
I was talking to Ali, and I guess they wanted the fight to go or whatever, saying ‘If Corey beat Gus he’s the No. 1 contender.’ And all of a sudden they gave him the other guy that just fought for a title. So now it’s like, what’s going on? I don’t think the winner of that fight will get the title shot because they just fought and both lost. But I wouldn’t put it past them.
So then they called me a couple of days later to fight Luke Rockhold in Chicago. Okay, so I just dominated three top 10 guys, proven what I need to get to the title fight but they’re calling me to fight Luke Rockhold? A 185’er who just got knocked out? He’s not getting a title fight anytime soon, so why do they want me to fight him? They think I’m just a number, think I’m just going to be here to fill in fights. That’s not where I’m at anymore. I have a family now and I’m not here to just fight to fight. I’m not fighting for myself, or for fun. I got to support my family and my goals. My goals are to get the belt.
Anderson hade tidigare 2 förluster i 3 matcher, men har sedan tagit igen detta med 3 raka segrar mot Patrick Cummings, Glover Teixeira och senast Ilir Latifi. Han har nu ett record på 12 vinster och 4 förluster.
— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) March 18, 2019
I don’t plan on fighting forever, so if I keep taking these dumb fights or just any fights, I’m just going to be here fighting, and fighting and fighting. I will have fought 30 more times and gotten no closer to a title fight because I’m just taking whatever fight they throw to me.
Vem tycker ni Anderson ska möta härnäst?