Ruan Potts vs. Anthony Hamilton
Our only contest above the middleweight division tonight takes place at heavyweight, as Ruan Potts (8-2) battles Anthony Hamilton (12-3).
Potts dropped his first fight with the UFC to Soa Palelei via knockout in May. Hamilton had his six-fight win streak snapped in his Octagon debut this past June, falling to Alexey Oleinik.
Round 1: Hamilton with a takedown less than 30 seconds into the round, and he goes to side control. However, Potts avoids any damage and gets to his feet – something he didn’t do in his debut. Exchange, as Potts lands a right but gets bullied against the fence. A second takedown for Hamilton and he’s letting Potts stand back up instead of engaging on the ground. Hamilton swings wildly and proceeds to score with a third takedown of the fight. After allowing Potts to get back to his feet, Hamilton takes him back down. Again, the same thing, as Hamilton allows him to get feet.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hamilton
Round 2: They showed a replay during the break and on one of the takedowns, Potts went head-first into the canvas. It appears to have hurt him, but he’ll fight on. Thirty seconds in and Hamilton takes him back down. He again doesn’t want to engage on the ground, the crowd boos, and Potts’ is allowed to stand. Another takedown and this time Hamilton looks ready to use ground-and-pound and maybe finish this one if he gets off some good shots. Hamilton with some solid shots to the body and there is noticeable bruising around the ribs of Potts. The ref is warning Potts to do something or he’ll stop this one. Despite not touching the face, the ref stops this one after an incredible amount of body shots.
Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (strikes) at 4:17 of Round 2