Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Ruan “Fangzz” Potts - Fighter Profile

Ruan "Fangzz" Potts burst onto the South African MMA scene at EFC Africa 7 when he defeated Calven Robinson. Though new to the South African MMA community, Potts had already racked up an impressive fighting resume in England and brought with him a wealth of experience encompassing many fighting disciplines. A versatile martial artist, Potts has competed at the highest levels in Judo, Muay Thai and BJJ so it was no surprise that he took so well to Mixed Martial Arts.

Undefeated in his professional MMA career, Ruan Potts has been a dominant force in the EFC Hexagon. Potts started his career with an impressive win against The Butcher Calven Robinson, and followed it up with a TKO victory against Obutobe Baygon.

Originally training under Quentin Chong at Dragon Power, Potts moved camp to African Top Team prior to challenging Norman Wessels for the EFC Africa Heavyweight belt. Potts would go on to defeat Wessels via TKO to become the second EFC Africa Heavyweight champion.Later that year Potts defeated Andrew Van Zyl via first round guillotine choke to become only the second champion to successfully defend his belt.

Ruan Potts has since moved to Johannesburg, where he hopes to open his own gym and continue in his MMA success. He is the current EFC Africa Heavyweight champion.

Ruan Potts stats

Nickname: Fangzz
Age: 33
Height: 6’2” (188cm)
Weight: 114 Kg
Weight division: Heavyweight
Stance: Orthadox
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fight team: African Top Team
Twitter profile: @RuanFANGZZPotts

Ruan Potts fight stats

All time stats – 14 wins, 0 losses (9 KO, 5 Sub)
EFC Stats – 4 wins ,0 losses (3 KO, 1 Sub)

Ruan Potts EFC fights

Calven Robinson
TKO (Knee and Punches)
EFC Africa 7
Baygon Obutobe
TKO (Punches and Elbows)
EFC Africa 8
Normal Wessels
TKO (Punches)
EFC Africa 9
Andrew van Zyl
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
EFC Africa 11

Ruan Potts Fight Reviews

Ruan Potts vs Calven Robinson
Ruan Potts' EFC debut sees him face undefeated heavyweight Calven Robinson...

Ruan Potts vs Obutobe Baygon
Potts takes on DRC fighter Obutobe Baygon en route an EFC Africa heavyweight title shot...

Ruan Potts vs Norman Wessels
Ruan Potts challenges EFC Africa heavyweight champion Normal Wessels for the ultimate prize in MMA...

Ruan Potts vs Andrew Van Zyl
Fangzz defends his title for the first time against undefeated challenger Andrew Van Zyl... 

Ruan Potts Fighting Achievements

2011 – EFC Africa Heavyweight Champion
2010 - South African Muay Thai super heavyweight champion
2010 – Gold Medal at Abu Dhabi Pro African BJJ Championships Heavyweight
2010 – Gold Medal at Abu Dhabi Pro African BJJ Championships Open Weight
2009 – Gold Medal at Abu Dhabi Pro European BJJ Championships Heavyweight
2009 – Silver Medal at Abu Dhabi Pro European BJJ Championships Open Weight
1995 – Gold medal at South African Judo National Championships
1994 – Silver medal at South African Judo National Championships

Ruan Potts MMA South Africa Awards

#3 South African Pound for pound rankings
#6 Most popular SA MMA fighters on Twitter 

Ruan Potts Ranks Achieved

Ruan Potts holds a black belt in Judo
Ruan Potts holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu

Ruan Potts Articles 

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Ruan Potts is my favourite South African fighter. He is so calm in the ring and dominates his opponents. Don't see any South African fighter coming close to him, he needs to go to the UFC!

I agree with Potts being ahead of most of the SA pack but i think he would get beaten by the top guys in the UFC like Dos santos and overeem and velasqez. It would still be cool to see him try but first he must get past Rico

Ruan Potts will only be the true EFC Champion when he beats Rico Hattingh! Hope it happens soon

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