Eryk Anders on devastating head-kick KO at UFC Fight Night 135: ‘The extra point was good’

LINCOLN, Neb. – On the gridiron at the University of Alabama, Eryk Anders starred as an All-American linebacker. But who knew he was also a kicker?

Anders, a huge favorite, was met with a stiff challenge from Tim Williams at UFC Fight Night 135, but late in the final round landed a highlight-reel kick, knocking out Williams with a foot to the face that landed just as he was getting up off the canvas.

The middleweight bout served as the opener to the FS1-televised main card at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Anders (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) isn’t sure why he came out “sluggish and lethargic” in Round 1 against Williams (15-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Knowing he lost that first round, it was all about a change from there on.

“Coming out for that second round, I knew it was imperative to set the tone, establish dominance and make him break a little bit. I think I did that,” Anders told MMAjunkie backstage. “He hit the ground a few times, he got back up, so I think there at the end of that third round, he thought he’d be safe with that technical stand-up. Man, I just saw his head there, waited for that knee to come off the ground, and the extra point was good.”

Indeed it was, instantly finishing the fight. A half-second earlier, and the kick would’ve been illegal. Instead, it was a knockout win for Anders with 18 seconds left in the fight.

For his effort, Anders was awarded with a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. What Anders would really like next from the UFC is a date with Elias Theodoreau, who he called out during his post-fight interview in the octagon, making a specific request to meet in December at UFC 231 in Toronto.

The only problem is that Theodoreau is currently booked to face Antonio Carlos Junior next month at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo. Assuming that goes well for Theodoreau, though, he’s down to meet Anders on his terms.

All attention focused on Shoeface, at the moment. But I think I like it, especially in Toronto. 🙂

Anders, back in the win column after his first pro loss in February, elaborated on his callout of Theodoreau only briefly backstage.

“Elias is Canadian, and I think he’s from Toronto, I’m sure he wants to fight in Toronto, so holla at ya boy,” Anders said.

To watch Anders’ complete post-fight interview backstage, check out the video above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 135, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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