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Eryk Anders eager-to-rebound has a pair of opponents in mind


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More than three months after his first pro loss, Eryk Anders is ready to move on. And he has some ideas as to who could help him do that.


Anders was on a 10-fight winning streak when he entered a UFC Fight Night 125 headliner with Lyoto Machida in February. Machida wasn’t exactly living his best moment then and was comiong off a three-fight skid with a long layoff in between, Anders (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) ended up dropping a split decision to Machida (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC). Anders didn’t quite agree with how the judges saw it then (and MMA media outlets also disagreed) but that hasn’t stopped the middleweight from seeing the ways in which he could have made sure things were different.


"When I did rock Machida, I smothered myself and started trying to wrestle instead of stepping back and hitting him with more shots,” Anders told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think I just gave him a little too much respect. I know he likes to counter-punch and whatnot, so I was just waiting for him to make a move and a little bit too patient.


“And I wasn’t really scoring it in my head the way that the judges were. I don’t think you can win a fight by kicking somebody with their big toe. That’s not a significant strike or whatever.”


As it’s been said in the MMA world before, though, “it is what it is.” Anders has taken it as a learning experience and is now ready to get back on the winning path.


Anders said that can be against anyone in the 185-pound division, on any card, so long as he gets two or three weeks to cut weight. But he does have a couple of specific opponents in mind.


One of them is Elias Theodorou. He meets Trevor Smith at next week’s UFC Fight Night 130 event in Liverpool, England. So that will probably have to at least wait a little bit.


The other name Anders has in mind, however, isn’t booked.


“I like that ‘Mutante’ fight,” he said.


“Mutante,” who officially goes by Cezar Ferreira who is coming off a big UFC 224 win over Karl Roberson that moved him to 5-1 in his past six fights.


As for a time and place for that one?


“Not in Brazil,” Anders said with a laugh.


Anders clarified that was a joke. He means it when he says “anywhere” and wouldn’t be opposed to returning to Brazilian soil. He is, however, planning to get four fights in this year, and the UFC’s return to Brazil, set for Sept. 22 in Sao Paulo, is a bit far.


But a spot during, say, July’s International Fight Week – with The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale and UFC 226 – sounds good. And Anders doesn’t even mind being demoted from headliner to the preliminary card for it.


“I think a win over somebody like that, I will be back on the main card,” Anders said.






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He's fun & young. Hoping he improves & rounds out his skillset. He's an athletic guy, but he really needs to work on his deficiencies.


I hope he does well as I think he has a lot of potential but he's 30 so I know he isn't a senior citizen but he is not exactly young either.


I thought he was about 27 myself till today.

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I hope he does well as I think he has a lot of potential but he's 30 so I know he isn't a senior citizen but he is not exactly young either.


I thought he was about 27 myself till today.


Oh wow. I was thinking around 25-27. That is older than I had thought.

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Couldn't beat old man Machida, looked absolutely awful against him... hopefully won't be back on any main cards



lol wut



Anyone with a brain know he won that fight. Machida was on his bicycle the  whole time.

Machida did not win ...


That fight was not only in Brazil but also in the town where Machida trains and live so yeah no way Anders would win that decision

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