Eryk Anders
Ya Boi

USA

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.
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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.
Scheduled for March 13 return
MiddleweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Anders (illness) is set to square off against Darren Stewart in a March 13 event, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders was scratched from his last scheduled bout in November due to "health issues" after missing weight on the weigh-ins ahead of the fight. He's now set for his first fight since last May and will aim to bounce back from a loss to Krzysztof Jotko in a match with Stewart, who is also coming off of a split-decision loss to Kevin Holland. Anders owns both a one-inch height and a one-inch reach advantage over his opponent.
Scratched from UFC Apex
MiddleweightUFC
November 14, 2020
Anders will not face Antonio Arroyo at UFC Apex due to "health issues," MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders missed weight on Friday. It is unclear if his weight and health issues are related. However, he will now work to recover and look ahead to his next opportunity.
Misses weight
MiddleweightUFC
November 13, 2020
Anders missed weight by 1.5 pounds Friday but is still set to face Antonio Arroyo on Saturday, Alexander K Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Anders came in at 187.5 pounds, above the middleweight limit of 186. While the fight will proceed as scheduled, he'll be forced to forfeit a portion of his purse to Arroyo.