Eryk Anders discusses his upcoming light heavyweight matchup against Khalil Rountree at UFC 236. The event will take place on Apr. 13 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Ya Boy” talks about how the fight with Rountree came together, his thoughts on his upcoming opponent, moving his camp to Factory X and how that all came together, interim belts and competing on the first event where two of them are on the line, fighting in Atlanta, his thoughts on the end of his 2018 in regards to taking three fights in five months, the New England Patriots winning another Super Bowl, his entertaining rivalry with a Twitter user and much more.
Anders also discusses why he is moving to 205 pounds for the fight, and whether or not its a permanent move.
“I enjoy fighting a lot,” Anders told MyMMANews.com. “A lot of the ’85ers were booked, or have recently fought, so there weren’t a lot of ’85ers on the table. The UFC came to me with the Rountree fight at 205 so I said, ‘sure, why not?’
“I’m cool going back and forth (between 185 and 205 pounds),” Anders continued. “Obviously, at ’85, I need more time to get to ’85 so I can do it properly to perform on fight night. I’m not opposed to fighting at 205. Ideally, if I fight in America, I’d like to fight at ’85. If I go overseas, fight at 205 because every time I go overseas, something happens where I can’t cut weight the way I want to cut weight; whether its a hot water heater blowing up in the hotel, or a sauna not working. There’s always something that happens when I fight abroad. So if I fight abroad, I’d like to fight at 205 and I can go back and forth here in America.”
UFC 236 will feature two interim title fights. The main event will see reigning featherweight champ Max Holloway taking on Dustin Poirier for the UFC interim light heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Kelvin Gastelum will take on the surging Israel Adesanya for the UFC interim middleweight title.