Eryk Anders
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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.
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.
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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 reports.
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.
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.
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
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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
Light HeavyweightUFC
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 reports.
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.