There’s not much more better a fighter can start off their career like middleweight prospect Eryk Anders has. In six pro bouts, Anders has gone undefeated with five finishes, including multiple stoppages within 45 seconds.
According to Anders, having the kind of start that would lead to heavy expectation is a good thing, as he’s a person who thrives under scrutiny.
“The more pressure for me, the better,” Anders told MMAWeekly.com. “I thrive on pressure. It makes me feel alive. It gives me a little extra motivation. If it’s something that keeps expectations of my performances high, then I’m all for it.”
What Anders feels has helped the most in his career so far has been the way he approaches the mental aspect of fight preparation.
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“I do a lot of visualization to prepare for my fights, so I’m mentally prepared as well as physically prepared,” he said. “When I get in there, I’ve studied my opponent, I’ve dreamt about my opponent, I’ve seen my opponent in my head several times before the fight even starts.”
Anders (6-0) steps up to one of this biggest challenges to date when he takes on veteran Jon Kirk (19-13) in a 185-pound co-main event at LFA 6 on Friday in San Antonio, Texas.
“I’ve just got to go in there and impose my will,” said Anders. “Sure, experience is going to favor (Kirk) a little bit. I’m sure he’s been in some tough positions, tough situations, faced some adversity and has been able to come back from it, but I believe I’ll be too much too soon for that.”
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For Anders, being a part of the LFA is just the ticket he needs to help get him to the next stage of his career.
“The LFA is a direct feeder into the UFC, so if I go in there and do what I’m supposed to do, and do what I’m capable of doing, there’s no doubt in my mind that by the end of 2017, I’ll sign with the UFC,” he said. “I’m just going to keep fighting and doing what I’m doing until I get the call.”
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