You can't say he doesn't have the wins, just maybe not the name value quite yet. That's about the only reason it makes sense to see Derek Anderson sitting on the Bellator prelims, while Patricky Freire and Brandon Girtz sit in the co-main and main events of Bellator 141 respectively. Anderson, a 25-year old lightweight out of Xplode Fight team down in Escondido, California rolled into Bellator with a more shine than quality undefeated record back in 2013 for a bout with Patricky Freire, who was fresh off a loss to Eddie Alvarez at the time.
Anderson pulled a huge upset beating Freire by decision. But despite all that, he's still fighting off the main card, as Freire takes on Saad Awad in the co-main event.
"Yeah, and that's my only fight without a finish and I think I should've finished that one and maybe I would've in a different situation." Anderson told Bloody Elbow. "But, I'm a great fighter, I guarantee you that.
"I don't know what happened [with the current fight card], man. Especially, Girtz too is the main event, and I knocked him out. Whatever it is, you know. I'll fight this guy, it pays the same either way. I'll fight him, get that finish, and then move on."
"My confidence is not a factor of me overlooking him," says Andreson, "it's just a factor of me knowing my skill level. And I hope he brings it. It doesn't matter, I'm a good fighter. My confidence level isn't going to be a factor. We're going to fight and I'm going to beat him."
And as for the future, Anderson's got his eyes on the lightweight belt and then a chance to move up to the welterweight division.
"Reach for the stars, man. I'm not happy with where I'm at, you know? I want my gold, and then I want to move up a weight class."
Bellator 141 takes place this Friday, August 28th in Temecula California. You can follow "The Barbaric" Derek Anderson on Twitter @DerekBarbaric