UFC fighter Eryk Anders (13-4)

MMA fighters are savages. They are the best athletes on the planet earth. They are also human and enjoy things just like you and me. 

There aren’t many successful two-sport athletes in MMA. UFC fighter Eryk “Ya Boi” Anders is an exception. He played college football at the highest level at the University of Alabama as a linebacker.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

After winning a college national championship, he found MMA a few years later. The new fighter went undefeated as an amateur and then went 8-0 as a pro before the UFC signed him.

Just to think, he started fighting eight years ago starting from scratch to where is he now. Anders is a problem for any opponent and he keeps getting better. The former Bama linebacker can outpoint his opponent, submit him, or he can flatline them like he usually does.

Here is a list of UFC fighter Eryk Ander’s favorite things:

  • Favorite food – Steak
  • Favorite drink – Fanta
  • Favorite color – Red
  • Favorite all-time fight – Undecided
  • Favorite sport to watch other than MMA – American Football
  • Favorite dream fight – “Whoever has the belt”
  • Favorite athlete – Barry Sanders
  • Favorite movie – Braveheart
  • Favorite TV show – Dragon Ball Z
  • Favorite superhero – Goku
  • Favorite song – Smokin’ on purple by Lil’ Boosie
  • Favorite band or musician – Tupac
  • Favorite place to travel to- Brazil
  • Favorite holiday- His anniversary
  • Favorite hobby – Wrestling with his kids

Anders was scheduled to face Krzysztof Jotko on April 11, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 172, however, the fight card was postponed due to COVID-19.


Anders is fighting May 16, 2020 in Jackonsville, Florida against Jotko on ESPN.

You can follow UFC Fighter Eryk Anders on Twitter @erykanders.

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