Corey Anderson set to make Bellator MMA debut vs. Melvin Manhoef in November

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Two months after making headlines for leaving his UFC contract with fights remaining in order to sign with Bellator MMA, light heavyweight Corey Anderson is set for his promotional debut. 

Anderson (13-5) will square off with hard-hitting veteran Melvin Manhoef (32-14-1, 2 NC) on Thursday, Nov. 5 in a featured 205-pound fight airing on CBS Sports Network. The card is expected to emanate from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, where Bellator has made a home for domestic fights in 2020 during the pandemic. 

Bellator MMA president Scott Coker broke the news Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports HQ.

“We just signed a big free agent in Corey Anderson and he’s going to be fighting one of my favorite fighters of all-time, Melvin Manhoef,” Coker said. “It’s going to be a fun fight.”

The 31-year-old Anderson brought a four-fight win streak into his February bout against current

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