Eryk Anders
Ya Boi

USA

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.
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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.
Falls for third time in last four fights
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
Will fight Elias Theodorou at UFC 231
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.