This Saturday UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva features the highly anticipated UFC debut of the former Extreme Fighting Championship Africa champion Ruan Potts (8-1, 0-0 UFC). Potts will be facing former Australia Fighting Championship champion Soa Palelei (20-3, 2-1 UFC) who will look to make it a short night for the South African.
MMA Betting Odds
Soa “The Hulk” Palelei -240
Ruan “Fangzz” Potts +190
In his UFC debut, the South African heavyweight Potts is definitely making a step up in competition but after earning TKO or submission finishes in all 8 of his professional victories it’s time for Potts to test himself against the world’s best MMA fighters.
Soa Palelei is a hulking heavyweight (pun totally intended). Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 265lbs, Palelei is a monster of a man. We last saw him in the octagon icing Pat Barry with a 1st round KO. The KO from Palelei was enough to make Barry rethink his MMA career and return to kickboxing. The last blemish on Palalei’s record is a defeat to former Olympian and current UFC light-heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.
The UFC oddsmakers have “The Hulk” as a -240 favorite coming into this fight. If you want to win $100 on Palelei, you’ll need to risk $240 but if you like “Fangzz” the bookies will pay you $190 for every $100 you risk on the UFC newcomer.
There will be fireworks and there will be an early finish in this fight; in a combined 32 fights, Potts and Palelei only have one decision between them, which was Pott’s lone loss in the EFC. So this fight could be the quickest money you win or lose at UFC Fight Night.
The big thing to consider before backing a fighter is Palelei’s experience, which has had him in the cage/ring against much bigger names in the sport such as the aforementioned Barry and Cormier and side show attraction Bob Sapp. Also, this will be his third fight inside the octagon. Those first time jitters ain’t no joke as we’ve seen some highly skilled MMA fighters have their teeth handed to them in their UFC debuts because they couldn’t handle the pressure of being on the big stage.
It will be on Potts to show he belongs in the UFC but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t show it until his second fight in the UFC.