Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/18
Tim Williams vs. Eryk Anders
UFC: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
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Eryk Anders and Tim Williams fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 135 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Eryk Anders enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by knockout. Anders has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February loss to Lyoto Machida. Anders is averaging 3.12 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 54.2 percent. Anders is averaging 2.1 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 35.2 percent. Anders hopes to rebound from his first career loss, which was a five round decision in which he landed 46 strikes and produced three takedowns. Despite putting up an honest effort, Anders could never take control of the fight and ended up eating 20 more strikes than he landed. It’s no secret what you get with Anders, as he has a boxing background, lands a high percentage of his strikes and has pure knockout power. Anders also has effective takedown ability and a solid ground and pound attack once he gets the fight to the canvas. Anders is a tough fighter with great upper body strength and should be highly motivated after losing a tight, controversial decision in his last bout. This will be Anders’ first career fight in Nebraska.
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Tim Williams enters this fight with a 15-4 record and has won 60 percent of his fights by submission. Williams has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a February loss to Oskar Piechota. Williams is averaging 4.21 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.4 percent. Williams is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Williams ended up losing his UFC debut, as he was knocked out in the first round despite his opponent landing just 17 strikes. Williams did land eight significant strikes of his own, showing off some of that raw power, but it was a disappointing showing nonetheless. Williams has now been knocked out three times in his four losses, showing that stand up striking and trading punches isn’t his strength. Williams is at his best on the canvas where he can wrestle and look for a submission hold. Williams has submitted five of his last nine victories and has also won all four of his career decisions. Despite the knockout losses, Williams is a tough fighter who is well conditioned and is built to outlast his opponent as long as he gets the fight where he wants it. This will be Williams’ first career fight in Nebraska.
Anders is simply the better fighter in this bout from the massive striking advantage to the ability to bully him with takedown attempts. Williams hasn’t shown he has the strength to compete in either area and has developed the reputation of having a glass jaw. That’s music to Anders’ ears. I look for Anders to be the aggressor from the start and to land some quality blows that open this bout up in his favor.
Ya Boi should win this fight rather easily if we’re being honest.