|Born||Eryk Ryan Anders|
April 21, 1987
Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Luzon Islands, Philippines
|Other names||Ya Boi|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Middleweight (2015–2018, 2019–present)|
Light Heavyweight (2018–2019)
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.|
|Team||Spartan Fitness (formerly) |
Fight Ready MMA (2020–present)
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Alabama|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Eryk Ryan Anders (born April 21, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former American football linebacker. He competes in the Middleweight division of the UFC. He played college football at the University of Alabama.
Eryk Anders was born on a U.S. Air Force base in the Philippines, where his mother was stationed at the time. When Anders was a sophomore in high school he moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he played football for Smithson Valley High School.
|Born:||April 21, 1987|
Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Luzon Islands, Philippines
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Smithson Valley High School|
(San Antonio, Texas)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
After graduating from Smithson Valley High School Anders started at the University of Alabama in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, Anders played for the Crimson Tide as a linebacker, starting 14 games in his senior season. His career at Alabama culminated with a victory in the 2009 BCS National Championship against the Texas Longhorns, a game in which he led the Crimson Tide with seven tackles and a forced fumble.
After college he signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He also had stints in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League before beginning a career in mixed martial arts.
Even several years into his MMA career, Anders keeps in touch with Nick Saban, having the coach as a life coach of sorts, helping guide Anders in life, financially and being responsible.
Mixed martial arts career
Anders began his mixed martial arts career in 2012 as an amateur, participating in 22 amateur bouts, although his official record is listed as 13-3-1 before his professional debut against Josh Rasberry on August 22, 2015 for Strike Hard Productions. He defeated Rasberry in just 40 seconds via TKO.
Anders defeated Garrick James by TKO.
For his fifth professional fight he defeated Jesse Grun by TKO due to punches.
Legacy Fighting Alliance
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Anders made his UFC debut against Rafael Natal at UFC on FOX 25, as a late replacement for Alessio di Chirico who was forced to withdraw due to a neck injury. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Anders was expected to face John Phillips on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123. However, Phillips was removed from the card and was replaced by promotional newcomer Markus Perez Echeimberg on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123. Anders won the fight by unanimous decision.
Anders faced Tim Williams on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135. He won the fight via knockout due to a head kick in the third round. This fight earned him the Performance of Night award.
Anders was tabbed as a short notice replacement for Jimi Manuwa, and he faced Thiago Santos in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 137. Anders lost via referee stoppage TKO when Anders collapsed and failed to make it to his corner at the conclusion of round three. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Making a quick turnaround to the Octagon, Anders returned to middleweight to replace Antônio Carlos Júnior in a bout against Elias Theodorou at UFC 231 on December 8, 2018. He lost the fight via split decision.
Anders faced Vinicius Moreira, replacing Roman Dolidze, on June 29, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 3. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Anders was scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko on April 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed to May 16, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Anders was scheduled to face Antonio Arroyo, replacing Andreas Michailidis, on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183. Anders was cornering his teammate, Walt Harris on Fight Island in UFC 254 when he got the call to step in for Michailidis. At the weigh-ins, Anders weighed in at 187.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the middleweight non-title fight limit. The bout will proceed at catchweight, and Anders fined 20% of his purse, which will go to his opponent Arroyo. Anders eventually pulled out of the fight the next day as consequence of the weigh-cut and his bout was canceled.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 2017 Under-the-Radar Fighter of the Year
- Legacy Fighting Alliance
- LFA Middleweight Championship (One time)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- BCS National Championship (2009)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||5 losses|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Darren Stewart||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 263||June 12, 2021||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|NC||13–5 (1)||Darren Stewart||NC (illegal knee)||UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad||March 13, 2021||1||4:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Anders landed an illegal knee to Stewart's head, who was a downed opponent.|
|Loss||13–5||Krzysztof Jotko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris||May 16, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–4||Gerald Meerschaert||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson||October 12, 2019||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||12–4||Vinicius Moreira||KO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos Santos||June 29, 2019||1||1:18||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||11–4||Khalil Rountree Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Elias Theodorou||Decision (split)||UFC 231||December 8, 2018||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||11–2||Thiago Santos||TKO (referee stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders||September 22, 2018||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Light Heavyweight debut. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Tim Williams||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||3||4:42||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States||Performance of Night.|
|Loss||10–1||Lyoto Machida||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders||February 3, 2018||5||5:00||Belém, Brazil|
|Win||10–0||Markus Perez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega||December 9, 2017||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||9–0||Rafael Natal||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum||July 22, 2017||1||2:54||Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||8–0||Brendan Allen||Decision (unanimous)||LFA 14||June 23, 2017||5||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Won the inaugural LFA Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Jon Kirk||TKO (punches)||LFA 6||March 10, 2017||1||1:35||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Catchweight (190 lb) bout.|
|Win||6–0||Brian White||TKO (punches)||Bellator 162||October 21, 2016||1||0:23||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jesse Grun||TKO (punches)||Valor Fights 37: Grun vs. Anders||August 27, 2016||1||3:18||Cleveland, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dekaire Sanders||Submission (rear-naked choke)||V3 Fights: Sanders vs. Anders||June 18, 2016||1||0:33||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||3–0||Garrick James||TKO (punches)||Strike Hard Productions 42||May 14, 2016||3||4:07||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States|
|Win||2–0||Demarcus Sharpe||Decision (unanimous)||SFC - Southern Explosion 1||October 20, 2015||3||5:00||Montgomery, Alabama, United States|
|Win||1–0||Josh Rasberry||TKO (punches)||Strike Hard Productions 40||August 22, 2015||1||0:40||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States||Middleweight debut.|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: March 13, 2021
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