World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report: #10 - Mark Potter

We've finally made it to the last weight class we'll cover on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report. It's been a long journey, one that will probably need to be less verbose next year as the meticulous task of combing over countless hours of video drained on me over the last four months. In the end, it was well worth the joy that some of the prospects on our countdown gave me.

Surprisingly, the heavyweights that I dreaded covering turned out to have some hidden gems, a nice ending to a long foray into the world of regional mixed martial arts. At #10, former British heavyweight boxer turned mixed martial artist Mark Potter (4-1) begins our heavyweight countdown.

Offensive Skills: Potter's extensive background in boxing is his obvious means to victory inside the cage. He's powerful, accurate, and has the gas to go much longer than most of his opposition. As a boxer, Potter amassed a 21-5 record with 13 knockouts, winning the BBBofC Southern Area heavyweight crown in 2000 and fighting Danny Williams for the British heavyweight title in the same year. While his career never turned into success internationally, Potter brings massive power and an intimidating style to the mixed martial arts world that could put him on the fast track to stardom in a major promotion. The only question is whether he can attain the ground skills or takedown defense to ever be a major threat to top UFC fighters.

Defensive Skills: As a former pro boxer, Potter's stand-up defense is above average when compared to most heavyweights in the prospect pool. The smaller gloves in mixed martial arts make it necessary to avoid being hit altogether which could be an issue, but from all indications -- Potter can evade incoming attacks and deliver what fans everywhere want to see. We have yet to see Potter truly tested on the ground, but I imagine he isn't very proficient in that area as he's a newbie to the sport.

Progression: Potter moved into the game late, so there isn't much to speak of in terms of progression. We haven't witnessed a ground game inside the cage, or at least I haven't been able to find footage. It isn't unfathomable, however, to believe such a strong, physically intimidating figure like Potter could gain a takedown game or stifle takedowns to keep fights on the feet against nearly every heavyweight in the British MMA scene.

Environment: Potter currently trains out of Team Titan in the UK. The camp doesn't house a plethora of training partners that will challenge Potter's vast boxing background, but his past relationships in the boxing world could help him find sparring partners to maintain his boxing skills.

Bantamweight Featherweight Lightweight
#1 - Eduardo Dantas
#2 - Farkhad Sharipov
#3 - Jimmie Rivera
#4 - Yusup Saadulaev
#5 - John Lineker
#6 - Adrian Wooley
#7 - Rodrigo Lima
#8 - Tommy Vargas
#9 - Mike Easton
#10 - Denis Puric
#1 - Antonio Carvalho
#2 - Taiki Tsuchiya
#3 - Mark Adams
#4 - Alan Omer
#5 - Koichiro Matsumoto
#6 - Tom Niinimaki
#7 - Marcos Vinicius
#8 - Matt Fiordirosa
#9 - Isaac DeJesus
#10 - Michel Gagnon
#1 - Thiago Michel
#2 - Ricardo Tirloni
#3 - Magno Almeida
#4 - Ui Cheol Nam
#5 - Henrique Mello
#6 - Reza Madadi
#7 - Alexander Sarnavskiy
#8 - Ole Laursen
#9 - Guillaume DeLorenzi
#10 - Al Iaquinta
Welterweight Middleweight Light Heavyweight Heavyweight
#1 - Yuri Villefort
#2 - Alex Garcia
#3 - Erick Silva
#4 - Douglas Lima
#5 - Luis "Sapo" Santos
#6 - Jesse Juarez
#7 - Gunnar Nelson
#8 - Quinn Mulhern
#9 - Alberto Mina
#10 - Joe Ray
#1 - Papy Abedi
#2 - Chris Weidman
#3 - Vitor Vianna
#4 - Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
#5 - Bruno Santos
#6 - Costantinos Philippou
#7 - Jordan Smith
#8 - Uriah Hall
#9 - Victor O'Donnell
#10 - Assan Njie
#1 - Marcos Pezao
#2 - Gian Villante
#3 - Jimi Manuwa
#4 - Glover Teixeira
#5 - Jan Blachowicz
#6 - Yoel Romero
#7 - Ryan Jimmo
#8 - Nik Fekete
#9 - Marcus Vanttinen
#10 - Ronny Markes
#10 - Mark Potter

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Potential: I'm not high on Potter making a splash in the UFC and vying for a title any time soon, nor do I think he ever will. I do, however, think the 240 lb. mammoth has the power and boxing to dominate the British ranks and make a strong case for his inclusion on a UFC card in the region. At 36 years of age, he's one of the oldest competitors on the countdown, but in the lacking depths of the worldwide heavyweight talent pool -- age is somewhat out the window if you can prove your gas tank can go farther than 70% of the talent out there. Potter's devastating power and technical boxing background are huge assets in British MMA, a scene that just doesn't have the technical punchers to consistently produce top heavyweight talent. Potter may be the exception.

Video

Tomasz Czerwinski vs Mark Potter

Mark Potter vs. Mark Walker

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