Eryk Anders displayed his knockout power as he needed just 78 seconds to knockout Vinicius Moreira at UFC Minneapolis. The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Anders.
Eryk Anders transitioned to MMA after a successful college football career as a member of the national championship-winning Alabama Crimson Tide. “Ya Boy” won the first eight fights of his career with five knockouts and a submission to earn a UFC contract. Anders won three of his first four fights in the Octagon, with the only loss being a controversial decision defeat to Lyoto Machida. However, Anders has lost three straight heading into UFC Minneapolis and is looking to turn things around.
Vinicius Moreira was a beneficiary of Dana White’s Contender Series: Brazil, earning his spot on the show by racking up an 8-1 record with all stoppage victories. Moreira won by second-round triangle choke and was awarded a UFC contract. “Mamute” is 0-1 since then, losing to fellow Contender Series veteran Alonzo Menifield.
They touched gloves to start. Anders landed with a left hand early. Moreira landed a body kick. Moreira attempted a takedown, but Anders landed in mount. Then, Vinicius Moreira escaped through the back door. Moreira was back on the single leg, but Anders defended really well. Anders landed a big bomb as Moreira was getting back up, and after a few more follow-up shots, the fight was over. A big left hand was all he needed. Eryk Anders is back.
Eryk Anders def. Vinicius Moreira via KO (punches), Round 1, 1:18
OVER IN A FLASH ⚡️
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 30, 2019