Ihor Potieria

Duelist

Ukraine

Wins after weight miss
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 10, 2024
Potieria defeated Robert Bryczek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was Potieria's best performance in the UFC. It came in a fight he took on short notice. The one downfall was that he also missed weight by a pound and a half and had to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Bryczek in order for the bout to proceed. Potieria started slowly, but a pair of low blows that earned him some time to recover in Round 1 appeared to wake him up. Ihor ended up being the much more effective man over the second half of the bout, cruising to the decision win. Potieria lost three of his first four UFC bouts, so it's unlikely a string of victories will be forthcoming, but this was a nice effort despite the weight miss.
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Misses weight
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 9, 2024
Potieria weighed in heavy ahead of his bout with Robert Bryczek at UFC Vegas 86 on Feb. 10, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Potieria weighed in at 187.5 pounds, missing the cut after filling in as a late replacement for Albert Duraev. The 27-year-old Ukrainian fighter, who has lost his last two fights, will have an hour to make weight in order to avoid jeopardizing the scheduled bout.
Fills in for Duraev
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 2, 2024
Potieria will fight Robert Bryczek at UFC Vegas 86 on Feb. 10, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Potieria will have just eight days to prepare for the fight after Albert Duraev (undisclosed) withdrew Friday. During this time, Potieria will face the challenge of dropping down to middleweight in order to face Bryczek.
Crushing loss after hot start
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 2, 2023
Potieria lost to Rodolfo Bellato via TKO (punches) at 4:17 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Austin, Texas.
ANALYSIS
The largest underdog on the card at +320, Potieria seemingly had this fight locked up in Round 2. Quite frankly, it's nearly impossible to believe that he not only didn't get the win, but got finished himself later in the frame. Ihor was the better man in what was a semi-technical opening frame. Bellato made his push in a wild second stanza, but Potieria eventually found himself in mount with Rodolfo clearly out of gas. Yet, Ihor didn't have enough energy to close the show, and once Bellato worked his way back to his feet, the former was finished. "The Duelist" has now lost two straight and will likely be fighting for his job his next time out. Despite the loss, he'll at least walk away with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, which should help his case for roster security.
Scheduled against newcomer
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 31, 2023
Potieria will compete against Rodolfo Bellato in a light heavyweight fight at UFC Austin on Dec. 2, according to Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
Bellato recently earned a UFC contract by impressing during Dana White's Contender Series. Potieria will look to redeem himself after being overwhelmed in his previous fight by Carlos Ulberg.
Overwhelmed by Carlos Ulberg
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2023
Potieria lost to Carlos Ulberg via TKO (punches) at 2:09 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 4 on Saturday in Charlotte.
ANALYSIS
Potieria picked up his first UFC victory this past January, knocking out Shogun Rua in what was the final fight of his Hall of Fame career, but he predictably found things much more difficult against a rising star in Ulberg. Potieria appeared to be in fine shape, at which point Ulberg clipped him on the side of a head with a shot that didn't even appear to land completely flush. It ended up being more than enough to send Ihor to the mat, and a handful of follow-up strikes later, he was done. The soon-to-be 27-year-old Ukrainian racked up a ton of stoppage wins prior to his arrival with the company, but his 1-2 mark (with all three fights ending via knockout) with the UFC suggests those skills won't be carrying over at this level.