Callan Potter: On Mentoring, Mistakes and Making Memories

It took Callan Potter nine years and 25 fights to make it onto MMA’s biggest stage, but “The Rockstar” — who was given just two weeks’ notice to fight at UFC 234 opposite Jalin Turner — lasted just 53 seconds in his Octagon debut.

Potter, a cult favourite on Australia’s regional MMA scene, caught up with to talk about his shaky start at UFC 234, his journey from liquor store manager and part-time rock star to full-time fighter, moving back up to 170 pounds and what he hopes to achieve in his time left in the sport.

“Obviously the two week period from receiving the invite to [UFC 234] was a bit of a whirlwind” Potter said of his February debut. “As you could imagine, there were quite a few battles we had to fight before we got into the cage. That became the main focus. Look, it was an amazing experience, it’s obviously opened a lot of doors for me. As far as the performance goes, it was extremely underwhelming, but I’m glad we got the opportunity.

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