Eryk Anders Finds Humor in Defeat: ‘I Haven’t Been That Tired Since My Wedding Night’

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 23, 2018


Eryk Anders took his second career defeat in stride, offering both a little humor and a little class in his post-fight reaction.

Anders accepted a bout against Thiago Santos in the UFC Fight Night 137 main event on less than a week’s notice after Jimi Manuwa was injured shortly after arriving in Brazil. Anders was a game opponent but reached exhaustion at the end of the third stanza following a barrage of elbows from Santos. The fight was stopped shortly thereafter when the former University of Alabama linebacker couldn’t make it back to his corner before the fourth round.

Anders, who was transported to a hospital after the fight due to exhaustion, couldn’t help but poke fun at himself in the aftermath. Ultimately, he emerged from the contest with no serious injuries.



Anders falls to 3-2 during his UFC tenure and 11-2 as a professional. Still, “Ya Boi” didn’t seem to hurt his stock by fighting valiantly on short notice. The 31-year-old seemed to be proud of his performance. Anders also shared a post-fight moment with his opponent.

“Regardless of the outcome I had a lot of fun last night,” he wrote on Instagram. “I rolled the dice, came up short, and literally left everything in the cage. I can live with that. No moral victories, just on the next. Thank you everyone who watched and gave support.”


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