Eryk Anders
Ya Boi
Falls for third time in last four fights
MiddleweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Anders lost to Elias Theodorou via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
ANALYSIS
It was the correct decision. Anders did little of note in Rounds 1 and 3 and his strong performance in the second frame simply wasn't enough to earn him the victory. Anders has a bunch of power and is extremely athletic, but he has a very basic, one-dimensional offensive arsenal. It's not a surprise given the fact Anders has been a professional for just over three years. He is going to have some highlight performances here and there, but the 31-year-old is not a legitimate contender at the moment.
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Will fight Elias Theodorou at UFC 231
MiddleweightUFC
October 1, 2018
Anders will fight Elias Theodorou in a middleweight bout at UFC 231 on December 8.
ANALYSIS
Anders is coming off a tough loss against Thiago Santos after taking the main-event fight on just seven days notice. It will be a quick turnaround for Anders, as he has drawn Elias Theodorou for his third fight in about four months. It's a fight Anders has wanted all along, though, as he called out Theodorou after his KO victory over TIm Williams last August. At the time, Theodorou was scheduled to face Antonio Carlos Junior at Madison Square Garden, but his schedule opened up after Carlos Junior withdrew due to injury. Anders is still relatively new to the MMA scene, but is quickly building the experience necessary to eventually make a quick rise up the middleweight rankings. He's certainly displayed more knockout power than Theodorou of late, as each of Theodorou's last six fights have gone to the judges. The two men have a common opponent in Santos, and each came up short.
Body gives out in loss to Thiago Santos
MiddleweightUFC
September 22, 2018
Anders lost to Thiago Santos via TKO (strikes) at 5:00 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Fighting up a weight class and taking a main event fight on seven days notice, Anders showed pretty well despite the loss. He used his large frame to get inside against Santos and managed to connect on five-of-nine takedown attempts. The issues for Anders came whenever the two fighters squared off at distance. Anders looked as if he would survive to see Round 4 after the bell rang to end Round 3, but he fell over numerous times as he tried to get back to his corner and referee Marc Goddard had no choice but to call off the fight. Anders is a world-class athlete who is still learning the finer points of the sport. His age (32 in April) makes it unlikely he will ever reach the top of the middleweight mountain, but Anders should have a handful of standout performances in the coming years.
Will replace Jimi Manuwa, face Thiago Santos as UFC Sao Paulo
MiddleweightUFC
September 17, 2018
Anders (11-1-0) will replace Jimi Manuwa (hamstring) and fight Thiago Santos (18-6-0) in the main event at UFC Sao Paulo on Saturday, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's the second time the UFC has been forced to adjust the main event after Santos previously was added to the card as an injury replacement for Glover Teixeira (shoulder). Along with the disadvantage of having limited time to prepare for the matchup with Santos, Anders may be further hindered by being only three weeks removed from his last fight in August, when he scored a knockout win over Tim Williams.
Highlight reel knockout of Tim Williams in closing seconds of final round
MiddleweightUFC
August 25, 2018
Anders defeated Tim Williams via KO (head kick) at 4:42 of Round 3 at UFC Lincoln on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Anders was the biggest favorite on the card at (-1000). He started very slowly. "Ya Boy" was not able to track Williams down in the first round and had a hard time trapping up against the fence to unload power shots. Williams landed a big head kick and got a takedown near the end of the round. In the second, Anders seemed more of himself and used better angles to cut off Williams' path and land punches. The third round brought an early knockdown for the former Alabama University linebacker. He also continually found a home for a counter left hand when Williams would telegraph inside leg kicks. Williams slipped towards the end of the third round and when he got back to his feet, Anders landed a head kick that knocked out Williams. Despite the slow start, a highlight reel KO finish earned Anders a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Comes up short against former champion in UFC Belem main event
MiddleweightUFC
February 3, 2018
Anders lost to Lyoto Machida via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Belem, Brazil
ANALYSIS
Anders took this fight against a former light heavyweight champion after only two fights in the UFC. For a few moments, it looked like he had perhaps done enough in the five-round fight to take the decision. Ultimately, the judges saw it differently and awarded the fight to Machida. Anders had trouble finding Machida in the first round. After that, he settled down and appeared to land the better strikes. He could have been more active, but he was landing meaningful strikes and not chasing Machida. In the end, it was not enough.