Las Vegas, NV — Fight Ready MMA in Scottsdale, AZ, is slowly becoming one of MMA’s super gyms, and Eryk Anders says it is awesome to see.
Henry Cejudo and Fight Ready striking coach Eddie Cha are doing something special in Arizona. UFC champions, superstars, and contenders are making their way to the gym to get work in, whether it be Jon Jones, Jiri Prochazcha, Deiveson Figueiredo, or Zhang Weili.
Anders, who has now decided to move his fight camp there full-time, loves to see all the talent come through.
“It’s awesome. You see all of these guys and girls, their energy is so great. And you can kind of like pick their brain and see what it is that makes them great, you know, what is it that makes Jon Jones great- outside of the physical attributes, you know, what makes them tick. How do they train and how do they prepare their mindset,” Anders told Cageside Press during his UFC Vegas 55 media day appearance. “With Cejudo, it’s gonna be hard to find a more accomplished guy in combat sports than him. Jon Jones is in and out, Jiri is in and out, and he’s getting ready to fight for the belt. So, it’s just some of these people; it’s awesome to be able to pick their brain and [figure out] what makes you, you. Like, how is it that you compete on such a high level? And most of all, it is what makes them consistent? How do you win consistently? How do you go out there and fight in and fight out and fight consistently?
Anders returns to action for the first time in 2022 against Jun Yong Park. Last time out, “Ya Boi” was submitted for the first time in his career by middleweight contender Andre Muniz at UFC 269. He explained what he learned from his fight.
“[It was] nothing I didn’t already know. I felt good. I felt prepared. I hate to say nothing he did surprised me. He was a little bit stronger than I thought he would be, but it’s just a game of inches. One inch my way, or one inch his way, I get out of the armbar versus tap to the armbar so, just the margin of error is so small that you really can’t afford any mistakes,” Anders said.
Anders returns to the Apex after competing in two sold-out arenas, but he doesn’t mind because he enjoys fighting in the smaller octagon. He plans on putting on a show, and hopefully a quick one because as he noted, he doesn’t get paid by the hour.
Watch the rest of Eryk Anders UFC Vegas 55 media day appearance above. More coverage from the event, which takes place Saturday, May 21, 2022 can be found below.