Eryk “Ya Boi” Anders is a familiar face in the UFC, gaining attention after capturing wins over the likes of Gerald Meerschaert and Darren Stewart to date. Known for his fun stand-up style and intimidating physique, he also has the ability to win fights at both Middleweight and Light Heavyweight.
The 34-year-old proved his athleticism at the University Of Alabama, which allowed him to sign to the NFL Cleveland Browns as a linebacker. But despite his talents in American Football, his abilities landed him a career mixed martial arts, where he would leave a lasting impression in several organizations, such as a 23 second TKO finish in his Bellator debut, as well as eventually capturing a title in Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA).
Anders is always looking to update his fighting CV, previously fighting the likes of Lyoto Machida and Thiago Santos to name just a few, showing that he is no stranger to wanting to compete against the hardest competition available. Wanting to insert him into that list, Marc-Andre Barriault recently called “Ya Boi” out once again.
However, in an interview with Current MMA, the 34-year-old told us that he only wants to fight for three more years, with his dream fight to be for a UFC title. Because of this, he is wanting to progress up the ranks, sooner rather than later. Right now, Anders believes that Barriault would not be the man to get him closer to gold, while also not wanting to fight someone who has previously tested positive for a banned substance, as well as having a fight of his own already lined up.
“I’ve seen him calling me out in the past,” Anders told Current MMA. “I’m not aware of his most recent callout, but I’ve got a fight on paper, so it’s falling on deaf ears at this point. For me, that guys like 2-3 and has tested positive before. So one, I’m not really interested in fighting anybody that’s tested positive for any kind of banned substance. I truly feel that when you start that stuff, I don’t know his situation or whatever, but when you start that stuff, you’re not getting off it. There’s a lot of confidence when guys use that stuff, so it is what it is.”
“And two, it doesn’t do anything for my career,” Anders continued. “Yeah it’s another win, I get both cheques and all. But I’m trying to progress and move forward, you know? So fighting a guy that’s 2-3 or whatever his record is, without any notable wins, doesn’t really do much for me.”
For now, Anders’ next step is against Georgian fighter Roman Dolidze. “The Caucasian” currently holds a strong record of 9-1 inside the cage, with his heavy hands and intelligent fighting style serving him well to date, something that will no doubt match up well with Anders. The bout is scheduled for November 13th, exactly one week after UFC 268 headlined by Usman vs Colby 2.
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