Eryk Anders
Ya Boy

USA

Barely gets by Gerald Meerschaert
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 12, 2019
Anders defeated Gerald Meerschaert via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Anders started quickly and finished fairly strong. Whether or not he actually deserved to win the fight is a matter of debate, but he bounced back nicely in Round 3 after really struggling in the middle frame. Anders' athleticism isn't in question and he clearly has power, but his fight IQ is questionable and his cardio isn't great. Anders' MMA career got off to a late start as he was playing Division I football at the University of Alabama, and when you take that into consideration, the fact he is 5-4 in the UFC and 13-4 overall despite being a professional for less than 4.5 years is pretty impressive. What we have seen thus far from Anders in his time with the company -- brilliant moments followed by underwhelming losses -- is likely what we will continue to see moving forward.
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Scheduled for UFC Tampa
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 20, 2019
Anders will take on Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight matchup at UFC Tampa on Oct. 12, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders got back on track at UFC Minneapolis in June with a KO (punches) victory against Vinicius Moreira, which snapped a three-fight losing streak. The two fighters will have contrasting styles when they enter the cage in Tampa, with Anders relying more on striking and Meerschaert frequently looking to take it to the mat. Considering Anders gives up two inches of reach, he will need to get in close to land his punches while fending off Meerschaert's takedown attempts. Anders should enter the betting favorite, considering he sports a 75 percent takedown defense and hasn't been taken down in any of his last three fights, signifying growth as a martial artist.
Snaps losing streak with big KO
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 29, 2019
Anders defeated Vinicius Moreira via KO (punches) at 1:18 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
ANALYSIS
Easy work for "Ya Boy". Going up against a submission specialist with stunningly little awareness of how to defend himself on the feet, Anders connected with one vicious combination led by a picturesque left hand to Moreira's chin. Anders is still learning the finer points of MMA after playing Division I football at the University of Alabama, but his power is undeniable. A loser of three in a row entering Saturday, this big performance may have very well saved the 32-year-old's job. To add to his good fortune, Anders was selected for a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus despite being one of a whopping nine finishes on the card.
Replacing Roman Dolidze at UFC Minneapolis
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 6, 2019
Anders will replace Roman Dolidze and face Vinicuis Moreira in a lightweight bout at UFC Minneapolis, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
After a lopsided loss to Khalil Rountree at UFC 236 on April 13, Anders will get right back in the Octagon and keep up his reputation of high activity. Anders is 1-4 in his last five fights, making his battle against Moreira important for his future in the UFC. It's a step back in competition, however, as Moreira has just one prior UFC bout -- a one-sided loss back in January. After facing murderer's row in his last three bouts, Anders should enter this one as a heavy betting favorite.
Destroyed by Khalil Rountree in Atlanta
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Anders lost to Khalil Rountree via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Anders didn't get the win (not even close), but he did displayed next-level heart. Fighting nearly the entire bout on one leg, Anders managed to survive four knockdowns from Rountree to see the final bell. Although he did indeed survive, Anders was so compromised that he couldn't do anything offensively. His corner would have been well within their rights to to throw in the towel at the end of Round 2. Anders is a world-class athlete (he played Division I football at the University of Alabama), but he turns 31 years old next week and he has just 15 professional fights under his belt. Anders is just 1-4 in his last fight bouts dating back to February 2018.
Facing Khalil Rountree at UFC 236
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Anders (11-3-0) is scheduled to face Khalil Rountree (7-3-0) in a light heavyweight fight April 13 at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Looking to shake a two-fight losing streak Anders will move up from the middleweight division to take on Rountree, who is aiming to bounce back from a loss of his own the last time he entered the Octagon. The 31-year-old Anders has prior experience fighting at 205 pounds, so the prospect of bulking up shouldn't prove to be too much of a challenge.