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Eryk Anders wins UFC rematch against Darren Stewart

Eryk Anders wins MMA fighting event from 2016
Photo of Eryk Anders winning MMA event from 2016 comes from his Twitter profile

Fans of the Crimson Tide saw a former linebacker return to the winner’s column of mixed martial arts.

RELATED: Former Alabama linebacker, Eryk Anders will fight at UFC 263 in two weeks

Eryk Anders had a rematch tonight versus Darren Stewart at UFC 263. After the first fight ended in a draw, Anders was the aggressor against Stewart. During the third round, the 2009 BCS National Champion took control of the fight. He hit Stewart with multiple body shots and dominated him in the corner of the cage. Stewart took a lot of left-hand shots from Anders, and it ultimately led to “Ya Boi” winning his 14th career fight. He grabbed the victory by unanimous decision and has a 14-5 record.

Anders fell in love with the sport from the first moment he was exposed to it. He has gone from being a janitor and cleaning apartments in Tuscaloosa to competing in a different sport. He has never been one to shy from a challenge.

Anders stated during the week that he has found his passion.

Football may not have become his professional outlet, but the people who watched him play are proud of the man he is becoming in the octagon.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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