Neal Anderson confident he’ll perform better at lightweight, excited to face UFC veteran Brandon Jenkins

Neal Anderson
Neal Anderson in the cage at Unified MMA 37. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

Neal Anderson (11-5) was surprised when he got the call he would be fighting Brandon Jenkins (15-9) at Unified MMA 46 in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday night.

Edmonton’s own Anderson says he was pumped when he found out he would be fighting a UFC veteran in his first fight since being released from the UFC. The Canadian knows he is on that level and believes this is the fight he can prove that to everyone.

“I was excited, I know it will be a big test,” Anderson said to MMA Empire.

“He’s fought in PFL and the UFC, so it will be a good test to see where I’m at and see if I can compete and beat these guys that made it to the high level. I think I can, but that’s the good thing about MMA is we are going to find out on September 23.”

Against Jenkins, Anderson is expecting a kickboxing fight, as he thinks the two will stay standing for most of the bout.

If that ends up being the case, Anderson believes he will get the better of Jenkins but believes the UFC veteran will try and make a statement out of him.

“From what I can tell, he prefers to strike, but he has like 26 pro fights and is training at Syndicate in Vegas so he has to be well-rounded,” Anderson said.

“We are similar on the feet and he is a southpaw but always switches his stance so I think it will be a good matchup on the feet and be exciting on the feet. He will also want to prove the UFC shouldn’t have cut him, so he will want to make an example out of me, but that’s not going to happen.”

Part of the reason Anderson is confident he will out-strike Jenkins is due to the fact he’s moving back up to lightweight.

He says he is performing better at 155 pounds and is confident he will get his hand raised on Friday to pick up the biggest win of his career.

“I think I’m going to perform a lot better at lightweight. I’m not ruling out a return to featherweight, but I just feel a lot better at lightweight. I’m going to take this win any way it comes and picture a lot of different ways winning this fight but it won’t be easy,” Anderson said.

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