Bellator's Corey Anderson Describes Fearing Death After Medical Emergency

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2020

Corey Anderson celebrates after defeating Jan Blachowicz during their light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 191 on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Bellator MMA light heavyweight fighter Corey Anderson said he feared for his life after suffering a medical emergency Feb. 21, one week after his knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz in his final UFC fight.

Anderson told TMZ Sports in an interview released Saturday he "blacked out and collapsed" while scouting land and was rushed to the hospital to deal with heart complications.

"It was a scary process," he said. "You don't know if one, is your heart gonna be OK, two, every night you go to sleep, is my heart gonna stop in the middle of the night?"

Anderson, who requested his UFC release following the incident, told TMZ he's now fully recovered and prepared to make his Bellator debut.

The 30-year-old Illinois native owns a 13-5 career MMA record with five knockouts. He was riding a four-fight winning streak before the loss to Blachowicz.

He previously said the move to Bellator was motivated by a desire for better compensation after a conversation with former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier, per ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

"I used to say I don't care about the money, that I'm fighting to be the best and I don't need the money," Anderson said. "After hanging out with [Cormier], he broke something to me. He said, 'You know how you say you don't fight for money? When was the last time you got in a street fight? You don't fight for free. You fight to pay for your family.'"

Anderson burst onto the scene in 2014 when he won The Ultimate Fighter 19 light heavyweight tournament, and he proceeded to spend six years in the UFC.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani reported he signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator.

Anderson's first opponent in the promotion hasn't been announced, though.