VANDERAA READY FOR POTTS
FIGHTING in the MMA cage brings Jared Vanderaa “a feeling of godliness that can’t be put into words”.
As in many facets of life, a sense of liberation and euphoria that people embrace is something that is best experienced, regardless of how vividly you can describe it.
“Belts are cool to have, but at the end of the day I love fighting,” he says.
And this weekend at EFC76, Vanderaa will embrace yet another MMA love moment when he steps into the cage with one of the most experienced and successful heavyweights in the Extreme Fighting Championship.
Vanderaa will be on the EFC fight card for the third time at Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, to challenge Ruan Potts for the interim heavyweight belt.
Due to current heavyweight title holder Champion Dalcha’s decision to engage in a super fight with welterweight and middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis, it has left the space open for an interim belt.
Vanderaa will be coming up against former EFC champion Potts, who is no stranger to the heavyweight throne.
A former two-time heavyweight champion, Potts has carried the belt for a long time before signing a contract with the UFC, being one of the African fighters to compete in the biggest MMA promotion in the world.
Potts’s venture on the famed US circuit might not have been that fruitful considering the three losses he took over there, but his overall record of 11-6 speaks volumes of the impact he has had on the local scene.
Vanderaa is the most dangerous pure heavyweight in the EFC game so far. No disrespect to Dalcha, who took on a super fight moving up from light heavyweight to overcome Andrew van Zyl for the belt.
So don’t be surprised if he silences Potts fans tomorrow.
| Julian Kiewietz