The UFC has officially signed their first fighter from South Africa’s largest Mixed Martial Arts organization, The Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC). Ruan Potts, EFC’s Heavyweight champion, will make his way to the UFC ranks this April.
Potts, who has a professional record of 8-1, has fought all of his bouts inside the EFC. Potts has been the EFC Heavyweight champion twice. After securing the title in his third professional bout, Potts defended the belt twice before eventually losing a decision to Andrew van Zyl. After winning two more fights, Potts was given another shot at the belt in December. At EFC 26, Potts rematched and defeated van Zyl with an impressive armbar finish in under a minute.
With the UFC’s Heavyweight division starving for talented prospects, Potts has the opportunity to quickly make a name for himself. All eight of his victories have come by way of finish with 4 submissions and three TKO’s.
According to EFC’s website, Potts’ contract is a six fight deal, with his first UFC bout expected to be in April. Currently, the UFC has four planned events in April with only two Heavyweight bouts scheduled. Although the opponent is to be determined, I expect a fight with Soa Palelei at UFC on FOX 11.