Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
Our only heavyweight fight of the evening features Soa Palelei and Ruan Potts.
Palelei (20-3) is on a 10-fight win streak that includes UFC finishes vs. Pat Barry and Nikita Krylov. Overall, the 36-year-old has stopped 16 of his opponents by knockout and the other four via submission. His three losses have also been finishes.
Potts (8-1) is making his Octagon debut after wining the EFC Africa heavyweight title. He owns four knockout and four more submission wins to his resume.
Round 1: Potts looking to unleash some leg kicks early on, as Palelei has some tree trunks for legs. Takedown from Palelei and into side control. Potential choke for Potts here as we head under four minutes, and he rolls to an anaconda. However, Palelei breaks free and Potts winds back up in the guard. Potts goes for a triangle choke from the ground, but Palelei’s too big and powers his way into mount. One shot and Potts is out cold. The ref jumped in to save him from further damage. It was a left hook from Palelei that finished him. Potts has gotten to his feet. Palelei kissed the ref on the cheek after he stepped in.
Soa Palelei def. Ruan Potts via KO (left-hook) at 2:19 of Round 1