UFC Signs African MMA Heavyweight Champion
The UFC has just signed a fresh new prospect in the heavyweight division, all the way from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa: Ruan Potts. Potts has been EFC Africa’s dominating powerhouse since early 2011, where he exploded on the scene with four of his first five bouts ending by TKO (one of those first five ending by a submission win). After his five-fight win streak, he suffered his first lost in March of 2013 to Andrew van Zyl by unanimous decision, then picked himself back up, winning his subsequent three matches last year by a string of impressive first round submissions. His new agreement with the UFC will show a six fight contract, with a possible octagon debut around April. Pott’s has vacated his heavyweight belt with EFC Africa.
“We’ve pioneered and grown African MMA to a point where our athletes are now truly world class. This agreement is testament to that. Now is Ruan’s time to represent Africa in the world’s biggest MMA promotion,” says EFC Africa president Cairo Howarth.
“This is a great opportunity and we look forward to seeing Ruan competing with some of the best athletes from around the world. We’ve been in talks with the UFC for quite some time and are happy to have come to this agreement with them.”
EFC Africa will be putting on 10 major fights for their 2014 schedule with 120 fighters on their roster. EFC Africa has worked hard to become easily one of the most recognizable MMA organizations in the world since their inception in 2009, with broadcasts in 110 countries and nine networks around the world.
by: Kenya Owens