Eryk Anders
Ya Boy

USA

Inconsistent ways continue
MiddleweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Anders lost to Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's a concerning loss for Anders and one that figures to set him back a considerable amount in the middleweight division. Anders has a whole bunch of power and elite athleticism but struggles against any opponent who forces him to move his fight. Jotko will never be mistaken for Anderson Silva, but he stayed active and didn't allow Anders to get in any sort of rhythm. It's fair to wonder if Anders -- now 33 years old -- simply got started in the sport too late. He played Division I football at the University of Alabama and didn't begin his pro MMA career until 2015. He's stayed extremely active (10 fights) over the course of his three years with the company, but his record is just .500. Anders appeared to be a legitimate prospect when he first entered the company, but that hope has quickly faded.
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In line to fight Jotko in May
MiddleweightUFC
April 28, 2020
Anders (13-4-0) is scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko (21-4-0) in a middleweight fight May 16 as part of a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
An Anders-Jotko bout was initially scheduled for April 11 at UFC Portland, but the coronavirus pandemic resulted in that event being postponed. Anders has bounced back from a three-fight losing streak to win both of his past two bouts, scoring a knockout win over Vinicius Moreira at UFC Minneapolis in June and a split-decision win over Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Tampa in October.
Added to UFC Portland
MiddleweightUFC
February 18, 2020
Anders will take on Krzysztof Jotko in a middleweight matchup at UFC Portland on April 11, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders enters the bout with a 13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC record. He is riding a wave of momentum, as he has won back-to-back fights over Vinicius Moreira and Gereald Meerschart. His opponent, Jotko, will also be looking to win his third straight.
Barely gets by Gerald Meerschaert
MiddleweightUFC
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.
Scheduled for UFC Tampa
MiddleweightUFC
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
MiddleweightUFC
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.