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Eryk Anders Doesn’t Worry About Taking Short-Notice Fights: ‘That’s Just Who I Am’

September 21, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Eryk Anders

Eryk Anders spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 137. Highlights are below:

On if he’s concerned about losing on his home turf in the short-notice fight: “Not at all. They told me it was Thiago Santos. It’s me. So I don’t think the judges are going to be involved anyway. I think we’re both looking for a knockout. I think the fans will see one this weekend.”

On fighting in Brazil: “I love Brazil, I love the fight. So it’s perfect for me.”

On being up for taking short-notice fights: “That’s just who I am as a person. I never batted away from a challenge or an opportunity. And, also, I think the Brazilians are one of the best fan bases in all of the world. Why would I turn down an opportunity to come down to fight in front of them.”

On his goals for the fight: “My goal is to come home with three checks: Show money, win money and a bonus. Whether that happens in the 24th minute, or that happens in the first minute, it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m confident in my cardio, and I think the longer this fight goes, the more it favors me with the conditioning and whatnot. He’s shown that he fades a little bit in the latter rounds. It’s going to be a hell of a storm to weather, I know that, in that first round. So, I think the first round is going to be super exciting and the longer it goes, I’m going to start to impose my will a little bit.”