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Eryk Anders vs. Darren Stewart rematch booked for UFC 263 after no-decision in first fight

Eryk Anders and Darren Stewart
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Eryk Anders and Darren Stewart are getting another chance to take care of business.

The middleweights have been booked for a rematch at UFC 263 on June 12 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., the UFC announced Tuesday. Their first meeting ended inconclusively when Anders landed an illegal grounded knee on Stewart late in the first round of their fight at UFC Vegas 21 in March. Referee Herb Dean ruled that the strike was accidental and the official result was a no-decision.

Due to the quick turnaround, the rematch will be contested at 205 pounds, a division above the usual weight class for both fighters.

The re-booking was first reported by Cageside Press and FighterPath.

Anders (12-5, 1 NC) seeks his first win since October 2019. In his past two outings, he lost a unanimous decision to Krzysztof Jotko and then went to the no-contest against Stewart.

Stewart (12-6, 2 NC) is also winless in his past two, also losing a split decision to Kevin Holland in September 2020. He has just one win in his previous four outings.

UFC 263 will be headlined by a pair of championship rematches as Israel Adesanya defends the middleweight title against Marvin Vettori, and flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo again fights Brandon Moreno following their majority draw at UFC 256.