Eryk Anders

Ya Boi

USA

Facing Andre Muniz in December
MiddleweightUFC
November 9, 2021
Anders will take on Andre Muniz at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders was forced to withdraw from a fight against Roman Dolidze, scheduled for Nov. 13, for undisclosed reasons. He's evidently not dealing with a long-term issue, as he'll step into the Octagon less than a month later. He'll be taking the place of Muniz's previously schedule opponent, Dricus Du Plessis, who also withdrew with an undisclosed injury.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
MiddleweightUFC
October 29, 2021
Anders withdrew from his upcoming fight against Roman Dolidze for undisclosed reasons Friday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear when Anders will be able to return to the Octagon. Dolidze will get to remain on the Nov. 13 card and will take on Kyle Daukas, whose opponent, Kevin Holland, also withdrew.
Fighting Dolidze in November
MiddleweightUFC
September 2, 2021
Anders will fight Roman Dolidze in a middleweight bout at the Nov. 13 UFC event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders won his last fight over Darren Stewart via unanimous decision in June after their previous fight in March was called a no contest due to an illegal knee. In Dolidze, Anders faces an opponent who has found more success in UFC fights. Anders will be at disadvantages of one inch in both height and reach.
Earns much needed win at UFC 263
MiddleweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Anders defeated Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Neither Anders nor Stewart did much of anything for about 12 of the 15 minutes this fight lasted, but a late flurry from "Ya Boi" earned him a much-needed victory. Anders is still trying to find his way in the world of mixed martial arts following a late start. He played Division I college football at the University of Alabama. Anders athleticism isn't in question, nor is his power, but his gas tank isn't great, and he has difficulty generating offense if those power shots aren't consistently landing. It would be foolish to write Anders off given his background, but the odds are against him making any sort of significant run at age 34.
New matchup with Stewart
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Anders will face Darren Stewart in a middleweight bout at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The pair squared off at UFC Fight Night on March 13, but the bout was brought to an unceremonious end at 4:37 of Round 1 after an illegal knee from Anders led to a no contest. Anders is looking to get back in the win column while in the midst of a 2-4 stretch following his loss to Krzysztof Jotko in May 2020.
Illegal knee leads to no contest
MiddleweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Anders and Darren Stewart fought to a no contest (illegal knee) at 4:37 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's amazing this could happen on the heels of what happened between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling last week, but here we are. In the midst of a 2-4 stretch and desperately in need of a victory, Anders looked like he would ultimately get the upper hand in a wild brawl, but the foolish foul put an end to that. Anders is lucky referee Herb Dean ruled it an accidental foul or else he would have dropped to 2-5 in his past seven fights. This bout was close, competitive, and wildly entertaining for as long as it lasted, so don't be surprised to see the UFC try to match these two up against each other once again.