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Saad Awad explains why he was not too happy about being offered a fight against Derek Anderson

The co-main event of Friday’s Bellator 160 will be a lightweight bout as season eight lightweight tournament finalist Saad Awad will look for his second straight victory when he meets Derek Anderson on the fight card coming from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Awad (19-7) moved up in weigh in his last fight at Bellator 154 and defeated Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 154. It was his fourth victory in his last five fights and he is considered one of the top lightweights currently under Bellator contract. With that being said, how did Awad feel when Bellator offered him a fight against Anderson?

“To be honest, I was not too happy about it because I wanted a name and he really doesn’t have a name in Bellator,” Awad stated on The MMA Report Podcast. “He does to the hardcore fans because the ones who watch all the time, they know who he has beaten and who he has lost to. But the people that are just — ‘I’m, a fight fan. I watch the fight when they are on TV.’ They don’t know who he is. It’s kind of one of those things like, ah [expletive]. I am going to go out there and I am going to fight this dude. And it’s not a gimme fight. So it’s not I’m going out there and fighting some dude no one knows. And I am just going to walk through him because he sucks. He is a tough guy. He is durable. It’s a tough fight that I am going to have to go in there and I am going to have to fight smart. Take the win and move on to the next one.”

Check out Awad’s┬ácomplete interview from Wednesday’s episode of “The MMA Report Podcast” below and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher.