UFC 277: Who is Ihor Potieria?

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UFC 277 will see Ihor Potieria make his UFC debut.

Whether it’s Dana White’s Looking for a Fight, Dana White’s Contender Series, or The Ultimate Fighter, there are a lot of ways for up-and-comers to make a name for themselves and get into the UFC. One of the latest additions to come to the roster came from the Contender Series, and he’ll be making his UFC debut at UFC 277. That fighter is Ukrainian sensation Ihor Potieria.

While Potieria hasn’t fought since September of 2021, he’s someone who has earned the hype he has. He last took on Lukasz Sudolski to win the Contender Series fight and ultimately earned himself a shot at the UFC. The hard-hitting Potieria knocked out Sudolski in just under four minutes in the first round, giving the 26-year-old his 19th win, and ninth by KO/TKO.

For fight fans, one of the biggest things that matter most when a new fighter arrives on the scene is their ability to finish a fight. That’s something that Potieria can do in spades. Just by looking at his record, we know he wins a lot. That’s a good start. We also know he can knock people out, which is even better, but, he can also tap people, snatching six submissions so far to his name.

That means only four of his 19 wins have come by decision. His last non-finish was in 2018 against Nicolai Garbuz for Golden Coat Fighting Championship. This should get fans excited about this Ukrainian finishing machine. At UFC 277, when the Contender Series alum debuts, fans will hope he brings that knockout power or submission prowess to the dance.

Ihor Potieria may end up having the highlight of the night at UFC 277

It’s wild enough to think about how talented Potieria is but did you know that he’s only had one fight ended in the second round? Yes, he’s had four fights go to the judges, but in 13 of the 14 fights he’s finished, they were all finished in the first round save for one.

Six of them were in under two minutes.

So if you’re intrigued enough to watch Potieria make his debut at UFC 277, make sure you’re not late to his fight, because it may already be over by the time you arrive.

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UFC 277: Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2022, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.