Looking to set the teammate charm into effect, in advance of a main event for one Walt Harris, his stablemate, Eryk Anders, would be set to take on all-around Polish middleweight Krzysztof Jotko. Both guys have made waves in their own right, in the UFC’s 185 pound sample size, and would look to score a win at the other’s expense to keep the momentum rolling.
Each fighter looked to carefully instill their approach early on, with Anders, to the surprise of some, being the one initiating in the clinch and looking to get down and dirty in close range. Early, Jotko would appear to be the matador to Anders’ bull– and often, sitting back and waiting to pick his shots and counter effectively.
Anders, through large parts of the first two rounds, would find more success in his offensive wrestling than he would on the feet. Many of Anders punches waving and winding, looping over the target zone of Jotko more often than not. As the fight continued to unfold, it became more and more apparent that Jotko was successfully lulling Anders into fighting his type of fight. A lot of clinching, a lot of close range positional battles, and of course, a bevy of counterstriking.
In the final round, Jotko continued to force Anders to fight his type of fight. It was by no means the prettiest, nor the flashiest thing you’ve ever seen. However, it was and always has been able to put rounds in the bag for the polish fighter. A notion that this time around, was no different than normal.