Corey Anderson, Part 1

ROCKFORD-The Stateline has produced some talented MMA competitors, but Rockton’s Corey Anderson is about to reach a whole new level.  He’ll be part of Fox Sports One’s reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter. A new season of the show launches Wednesday night.

Anderson’s nickname is Beastin 25/8 because he works out like a Beast seemingly more than 24/7.

"When I was in college people would say I’m Beastin. I’m always Beastin," says Anderson.

Wrestling was Anderson’s sport at Hononegah High School and later at Lincoln College and at Wisconsin-Whitewater where he took second in the nation in his weight class. When he was finished with school MMA didn’t really appeal to him.

"I was like nah I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to fight," says Anderson. "But I tried it and starting practicing here with the guys and it came to be something I actually like."

Anderson practices primarily at Roufusport Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee under the guidance of the great Jeffery “Duke” Roufus.  He held as many as six championship belts in kickboxing in the ‘90s.

"Duke has been incredible. Just so much help from the day I met him," says Anderson.

"My goal isn’t to make Corey the best now. It’s to make him the best ever as many years as he can fight," says Roufus. "The good thing is he’s here trying to get better on his weaknesses."

Anderson’s talents will be on display for the world to see on The Ultimate Fighter.  He's one of 32 men hoping this show will launch him into Ultimate Fighting Championship glory.

"To say that’s something you can add to your resume I won the Ultimate Fighter, but the main goal in the end is to be the best in the world," says Anderson.

Anderson will appear at a viewing party for The Ultimate Fighter Wednesday evening starting at 7:30 at Murphy's Pub & Grill in Rockford.

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