Former Alabama Starting Linebacker Set for UFC Fight on Saturday

Jason Schandl
Former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders has a UFC fight booked for Saturday.
Former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders has a UFC fight booked for Saturday. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The Alabama Crimson Tide dynasty of the 2000's has included some incredibly dominant teams. Perhaps none were as good as the undefeated 2009 team. That squad sent plenty of players to the NFL, but even some of the players who didn't go pro have continued their athletic careers.

Alabama fans may recognize one of the names on this weekend's UFC card.

That's the same Eryk Anders who started and helped anchor the 2009 Crimson Tide defense.

In 2009, Anders tied Rolando McClain for the team lead in TFLs (14.5) and was second on the team behind Marcel Dareus in sacks (6.0). Anders added 1 interception and racked up 66 total tackles that year.

He never stuck in the NFL after signing with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent, and instead he changed sports to mixed martial arts.

Anders is 13-5 as a professional, and 3 of his 5 UFC wins have come by knockout. He most recently lost to Krzystof Jotko by decision in May.

FanDuel Sportsbook has Anders as a -172 favorite to bounce back with a win over Antonio Arroyo on Saturday.

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