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ROCK WITH COREY, ROLL WITH VETS was the Rockford region’s official Bellator 277 championship watch party and fundraiser for VetsRoll, Inc®. The festivities were held at the Midway Bar at Rockford Casino (610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL 61107) on Friday, April 15--the night Rockton, Illinois, native Corey Anderson competed for the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.

Rock With Corey, Roll with Vets showcased Bellator 277 prelims and main card on the Midway Bar and casino big screens, culminating Anderson took on Vadim Nemkov for the Bellator light heavyweight world title. The championship fight ended in no-contest when the fighters accidentally butted heads, setting the stage for a rematch to be scheduled later this year. Free and open to ages 21 and older, the watch party featured surprise giveaways and brought the community together to cheer on one of its most successful native athletes. In addition, Rock with Corey, Roll with Vets served as a fundraiser for local nonprofit VetsRoll, Inc®, of which attendees were encouraged to make a donation in honor of Anderson.


The mission of VetsRoll, Inc® is to provide CLOSURE, GRATITUDE and RESPECT to America's senior-most Veterans for the incredible sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom. A 501(c)(3) that was born in 2010, VetsRoll raises funds annually to ensure Veterans of Vietnam back to WWII and "Rosie-the-Riveters" have the opportunity to travel by convoy round trip to Washington D.C. at no cost to the honorees. Since its inception, VetsRoll, Inc® has treated nearly 2000 Veterans and Rosies from 37 states to the absolute trip of a lifetime. For more information, please visit www.VetsRoll.orgDONATE TO VETSROLL HERE!


Born in Rockford and raised in Rockton, Corey Anderson wrestled at Hononegah High School before an All-America collegiate career at the junior college (Lincoln College), NCAA Division II (Newberry College) and NCAA Division III (UW-Whitewater) levels. In 2014, he jumpstarted his professional mixed martial arts career by winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) to earn a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). After climbing to the top of the UFC rankings, Anderson joined Bellator MMA in 2020 where he has won three straight match-ups to advance to the Bellator light heavyweight world championship fight.

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