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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

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