UFC 289 Adds Eryk Anders vs. Marc-Andre Barriault

Marc-Andre Barriault, UFC
Marc-Andre Barriault, UFC 285 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

A second bout featuring Canadian talent has been added to UFC 289 on June 10.

Quebec’s Marc-Andre Barriault (15-6, 1NC) will face Eryk Anders in a middleweight match-up at the event, which does not have a location or venue officially announced.

Iridium Sports Agency, who represent Anders, announced the news Wednesday.

Barriault is coming off a win over Julian Marquez at UFC 285 that saw him finish the fight in the second round, mounting a comeback after a strong start by “The Cuban Missile Crisis” to open the bout.

The French-Canadian, a former TKO middleweight and light heavyweight champion, has traded wins and losses his last four fights. That includes a win over Jordan Wright, and losses to Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez and Chidi Njokuani.

Anders has more than a fight with Barriault tying him to Canada, as he spent time playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. The former linebacker, an Alabama native, transitioned to MMA in 2015 and arrived in the UFC two years later, having won the inaugural LFA middleweight championship along the way.

“Ya Boi” has won three post-fight bonuses in his time with the UFC, and most recently picked up a win over Kyle Daukaus in December.

UFC 289 has just one other fight reported for the card: Marc-Andre Barriault’s fellow Canadian, Jasmine Jasudavicius, will face Miranda Maverick at the event. Rumors have also been swirling that the June PPV could mark the UFC’s return to Canada, though no official announcement has been made.


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