Last weekend, in the co-main event of UFC Hamburg, rising light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson picked up the biggest win of his career thus far, defeating former title challenger Glover Teixeira by decision.
As it turns out, this win over Teixeira could be even bigger for Anderson than initially expected.
Riding high on this UFC Hamburg win, Corey Anderson took to Twitter to call for a title fight reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier — who also owns the UFC light heavyweight title.
In a rather surprising twist, Cormier accepted this callout.
Yo @dc_mma ,
They said a win over me and Glover would earn a title shot..I beat em, media said you wanted Shogun and he lost, you told Gus off, and you already fought Volkan.. I'll never "call you out" out of respect. But I'm 100% down to fight you. #UFC @ufc #letsdoit
— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 24, 2018
“Yo [Daniel Cormier], they said a win over me and Glover would earn a title shot..I beat em, media said you wanted Shogun and he lost, you told Gus off, and you already fought Volkan,” Anderson said in his Twitter callout of Cormier. “I’ll never ‘call you out’ out of respect. But I’m 100% down to fight you.”
Ok , sure just find out when and where. I’ll be there. I always am!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 24, 2018
“Ok, sure just find out when and where,” Cormier said in his undeniably surprising response. “I’ll be there. I always am!”
Cormier, as we know, is expected to defend his UFC heavyweight title against Brock Lesnar sometime in early 2019. That said, he’s expressed interest in defending his light heavyweight belt one more time in the meantime.
As Corey Anderson points out, with Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oezdemir injured, and Shogun riding a loss, he might just be the best option at present.
Corey Anderson has already reacted to the success of this ballsy callout on social media.
“As once stated…. ‘you’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,’ he said on Instagram.
Does a light heavyweight title fight between Corey Anderson and Daniel Cormier interest you? What would your prediction for this fight be? Join the conversation in the comments section below.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/25/2018.