One of the more under-the-radar fights at UFC 269 was the middleweight scrap between Andre Muniz and Eryk Anders, which topped the early preliminary portion of Saturday’s event.
Having not lost a fight since 2016, Muniz was looking to build on a seven-fight win streak, with three of those victories coming inside the octagon. Even more impressive, Muniz had snapped the arm of grappling ace Jacare Souza at UFC 262 earlier this year.
Anders, a former LFA champion, entered the fight off a win over Darren Stewart. Anders’ UFC record of 6-5 (with a no contest) didn’t do him justice, given what many saw as a robbery in Brazil against Lyoto Machida and a close loss to Elias Theodorou as well.
This one didn’t last long. Both fighters took the center of the octagon after a touch of gloves. Both fighters exchanged heavy punches to start the fight. Anders feinted a takedown. Muniz ducked down and landed a massive takedown of his own instead. Anders got back to his feet after just 20 seconds, but Muniz jumped his back. Muniz landed a trip takedown and was right on Anders’ back. Muniz transitioned to an armbar, and before long, Anders was forced to tap.
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Andre Muniz made it look easy at UFC 269. He is now on an eight-fight win streak, with four wins coming inside the octagon. The Brazilian will most likely get a date with a top 15 opponent next.
After the fight, Muniz called out Darren Till, which is a fight that very well might happen in the future.
Official Result: Andre Muniz def. Eryk Anders by submission (armbar), Round 1, 3:13