Derek Anderson of Bellator 258 exhibits a broken nose and hand following Michael Page’s defeat.
After his first professional TKO loss to strikes, the American welterweight gives fans an injury update.
Derek Anderson, a Bellator MMA veteran, was on the receiving end of British striking master Michael “Venom” Page at Bellator 258, yet remained upbeat after suffering a devastating loss in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The cageside doctor barred Anderson from continuing to the second round after inspecting the American’s badly broken nose, which he sustained after he caught a head kick from Page directly to the face in the midst of the round.
Anderson was knocked down for the second time in the fight with the kick. But, on both occasions, he jumped right back up to resume the fight as he tried to keep up with Page.
But all it took was one look at Anderson’s nose between rounds for the fight to be stopped, as Anderson suffered his first ever stoppage loss to strikes in 21 fights.
Anderson posted an update with his friends, family, and followers via his Instagram page after the battle, revealing that the broken nose was just the latest in a sequence of misfortunes he suffered during the bout.
“Still smiling,” he wrote on Instagram to his 4,200 followers.
“Thank you very much, @bellatormma and @therealscottcoker. I’d like to return as soon as possible, but I had to go to the hospital four times throughout camp because I was suffering from kidney failure and couldn’t train, and I was determined to make this fight happen.
“I’ll be back after a little break to recover, and I’ve got some fresh wounds to lick.
Derek “Barbaric” Anderson (@derekbarbaric mma) shared a post.
“I LOVE you everyone, my friends, family, and fans, and don’t worry about the trolls. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live the life I do, and criticism is a part of that.
“Drawing first blood broke my hand, so there’s that, but all respect to @michaelvenompage, certainly want to do it again sometime.”
Page, on the other hand, paid praise to Anderson after the fight, praising the American’s toughness.
“He’s a hard man. I have a lot of respect for him. “Young man, you’re a tough cookie,” he said.
“He’ll be back,” says the narrator. I am very aware of this. We’ll almost certainly meet again, but this time it’ll be a different conflict.
“I’m used to it.” “Brinkwire Summary News.”