Cape Town - Stuart Austin wants a piece of former EFC heavyweight king Ruan
Potts, but may have to make do with a title shot instead.
Austin (13-5) called out
ex-UFC athlete Potts (11-7) after sensationally
knocking out another South African MMA legend Andrew van
Zyl (19-5) a round into their contest in December 2018.
And while Potts
seemed game, EFC matchmaker Graeme Cartmell has indicated Austin
could next get the winner of champion Jared Vanderaa’s (8-3) clash with Ricky
Misholas (7-7) in Pretoria on March 16.
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“Ja, Potts is going to fight,” Cartmell told fans during a Q&A session on Facebook.
“We love having Potts at Carnival City, that’s his hometown. So
I’m going to organise him a fight. He’s right up there.
“He’s always a guy that you want to see fight some new
contenders who want to come in and prove themselves. I mean he’s former UFC.
He’s a former EFC champion. He’s a boss, he’s great.”
Cartmell added: “That guy wants an opportunity at the strap all
the time, but he just lost his last fight, gracefully. Awesome fight, and he
wants to get back in there.
“I know Stuart Austin and him were trying to have a go at one
another for that fight, we’ll see what’s gonna happen there.
“Austin is a great contender and personally I’d love us to all
focus on Vanderaa and Ricky Misholas because I think that’s gonna be a banger.
And the winner of that to get involved with Stuart Austin could be a really
flipping hot fight to watch.”
On the night England’s Austin
starched Van Zyl, who retired
after the only KO loss of his career, Vanderaa TKO’d Potts three
rounds into their battle for the interim belt at Time Square.
America’s Vanderaa became the
undisputed champ when Dalcha Lungiambula (9-1) traded
the EFC for the UFC in the new
year and relinquished the strap.
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