In the second prelim of UFC 177, heavyweights Anthony Hamilton (12-3) and Ruan Potts (8-2) do battle inside the Octagon, both are looking for their first UFC victory in their second bout.
Jackson-Winklejohn trained Hamilton, a former MFC heavyweight champion, looks to bounce back from an unsuccessful UFC debut, losing a first round submission to Alexey Oleinik in June.
While Ruan Potts, an EFC Africa heavyweight champion, also lost his debut to Soa Palelei via knockout–the 36 year old was finished for the first time in his career.
On this night it would be Anthony Hamilton successfully earning his first UFC win with a dominant victory over Ruan Potts.
20 seconds in Anthony Hamilton gets Potts into a clinch and slammed him on the mat, but after a brief moment Potts scrambled his way back to his feet. Only to be clinched and taken down again by Hamilton–slamming Potts on his head, but this time Anthony backed off to let Potts back to his feet. Hamilton faked a kick to the body and landed a head kick flush, but it didn’t seem to affect Potts all that much. A third takedown landed by Hamilton, without any resistance from Potts. Hamilton landing ground and pound from top as Potts is trapped against the fence. A weak attempt at a guillotine choke by Potts, but Hamilton allowed him back to his feet again. A strange game plan from Hamilton to say the least.
Another takedown from Hamilton from the clinch to begin round 2, crowd starts to boo as he stands up and lets Potts back to his feet. Potts attempts a kick that Hamilton turns into a sixth takedown, heavy shots to the body in half guard by Hamilton, Potts showing no defense. Ref is shouting at Potts to ‘show me something!’, as Hamilton pours it on. The shots visibly affected Pott’s left side of his body, turning bright red. Referee continues to tell Potts to show him something, but is he trapped against the fence, and the referee has no choice but to step in and stop the bout.
67 of 69 body shots landed by Anthony Hamilton is the official stat.
“My coach Greg Jackson talked about it for the last couple days, we just wanted to put on a great show for the fans. Show the world I was a great striker,” Hamilton said post-fight. “Hopefully next time I’ll get a knockout. We just wanted to wear him down we thought that his cardio wasn’t the best, the takedowns to get him tired and then knock him out.”
Up to date UFC 177 Results:
Main card (10 P.M. EST, PPV)
- UFC Bantamweight Title: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
- Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
- Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler
- Ramsey Nijem vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
- Yancy Medeiros vs. Damon Jackson
Preliminary Card (8 P.M. EST, FOX Sports 1)
- Lorenz Larkin vs. Derek Brunson
- Anthony Hamilton def. Ruan Potts via TKO (body punches)–Round 2, 4:17
- Chris Wade def. Cain Carrizosa via Submission (guillotine choke)–Round 1, 1:12