Eryk Anders natural instincts

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by beefcake180, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. beefcake180

    beefcake180 Aces Wild

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12,739
    Likes Received:
    8,026
    Location:
    Spanaway, Washington
    Little bit of prospect discussion here, but since being introduced to him in lfa against Jon Kirk earlier this year I've been incredibly impressed with the skills Eryk Anders has developed, notably his pressure footwork and his transitional top game.

    Anders ability to cut off the ring (something VERY LITTLE MMA fighters do well) has benefitted him massively and had him dropping those big left hands a ton whenever he gets his opponents against the fence, which he does early and often.

    But unquestionably for me the most impressive part of Anders game is his ability to float and keep control on top, a skill usually only displayed in mma by top level wrestlers and bjj guys. His lfa title fight against Brendan Allen (who also is a very talented mw whos had the misfortune to go against Eryk Anders and Trevin Giles, arguably the 2 best prospects in the division) was a perfect example of this. 5 rounds of beautiful gnp and control.

    Not sure where I'm going with this but is anyone else as impressed with Anders as I am?
     
  2. Arm Barbarian

    Arm Barbarian Steel Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2013
    Messages:
    29,991
    Likes Received:
    177,834
    Location:
    Wild West
    Yeah, he's looked really solid so far. Loads of potential as a developing fighter.
     
    Typrune Goatley and beefcake180 like this.
  3. beefcake180

    beefcake180 Aces Wild

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12,739
    Likes Received:
    8,026
    Location:
    Spanaway, Washington
    Those specific skills I listed are really veteran traits, which is what makes it so impressive to me.

    He's only been full time training for 3 years I think so for him to not just fall in love with his left hand and athleticism, instead developing real long term skills is awesome and rarely seen imo.
     
  4. The_Renaissance

    The_Renaissance On, ahem, fleek

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    26,308
    Likes Received:
    4,232
    Location:
    Wales (for now)
    He's really good but Machida is a stupid fight for them to make. Way too much, way too soon. Why derail him so early? It was possible to give him a major step-up without it being someone on Machida's level.
     
  5. beefcake180

    beefcake180 Aces Wild

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    12,739
    Likes Received:
    8,026
    Location:
    Spanaway, Washington
    It's certainly a winnable fight though. Eryk cuts down the ring much better than Brunson and doesn't get as wild, though probably doesn't quite have the death touch like Brunson.

    I think Lyoto's well past it. And if he isn't it won't be the worst loss in the world for Eryk as Lyoto's a legend.
     
  6. EndlessCritic

    EndlessCritic Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2013
    Messages:
    17,334
    Likes Received:
    7,304
    Nonsense. A shot against old man machida is a way better opportunity than fighting a young hungry guy.
     
    jjresq and beefcake180 like this.
  7. executionermma

    executionermma Welcher Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2017
    Messages:
    5,594
    Likes Received:
    10,975
    Location:
    Brazil
    Yeah and Maluko is no scrub too, Anders is legit, definitely room to improve on his striking game but his athleticism and pressure should be enough for Lyoto.

    Lol, my money won't be in Machida in this one..
    I don't think he can take a clean punch anymore and his reflexes aren't there. If Anders get Machida on his back, it's over too.
     
    beefcake180 likes this.
  8. Typrune Goatley

    Typrune Goatley Black Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2017
    Messages:
    6,282
    Likes Received:
    21,790
    Good thread and good post.

    People usually only associate great athletes with great physical traits but as a former linebacker for Alabama it is just about guaranteed that his mental game is on a higher level and he can learn faster than the average person.

    I have trained martial arts with former college football players and NFL players and they learn techniques so quick and are able to identify their mistakes and make proper adjustments on their own without being told most of the time. It is the reason why they reached that level in sports.
     
    g*r*b and beefcake180 like this.

Share This Page