28-Year-Old Bellator Lightweight 15-3-0
April 13, 2018 Derek Anderson News
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Anderson defeated Zak Bucia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 197 on Friday in St. Charles, Mo.
Anderson appeared to have put it together in Bellator with back-to-backs wins over Patricky Freire and Saad Awad. He came back down to earth with a loss against Derek Campos. In the first round of this fight, Anderson went for a takedown and spent the rest of the round defending armbars. However, after that, he took over the fight with his striking. He had a skill and power advantage on the feet. Bucia gave him a scare with a head kick with less than a minute left, but Anderson survived. He will have tougher fights in Bellator, but Anderson needed this win to get back on track. He improves to 15-3 as a professional.
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Fantasy AnalysisAnderson will fight at Bellator 197 because of an injury to Zach Freeman. He's fought eight times for Bellator and possesses a 5-3 record -- his opponent, Zak Bucio, has a record of 18-9.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson was originally set to take on Piccolotti in a catchweight bout next month, but was forced to withdraw after sustaining an undisclosed injury. It's still unclear how long Anderson will be sidelined with the issue. In the meantime, Dave Rickels -- a Bellator fighter since 2011 -- is set to fight in his place.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson maintains 14-3, 1NC record with six submission wins. While he dropped his last fight with Derek Campos via unanimous decision, he has faced some tough opposition in Saad Awad (win), Patricky Freire (win) and current Bellator champion Brent Primus (loss).
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson had a pretty large reach advantage. He tried to stay on the outside and land, but he was never able to prevent Campos from closing the distance and scoring. Campos came forward and threw simple combinations, but he landed at a very high percentage. Towards the end of the final round, Anderson appeared to hurt Campos. He recovered nicely and survived with a takedown. Anderson came into this fight on the back of wins over Patricky Freire and Saad Awad, but his momentum stopped here.