Jamaica's Randy Brown wants to take scenic route to the top of the UFC

By May 26, 2022

Jamaican Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Randy “Rude Boy” Brown in putting Jamaican Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) on the map, but he wants to take the scenic route to the top.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Jamaican parents before moving to Jamaica as a toddler with his mother and then returning to the States at 16, the 31-year-old Brown entered the UFC in 2014 and has a record 9-4 with the MMA superpower and 15-4 overall in his career, with his last loss coming in August 2020 against current number-6 ranked Welterweight Vicente Luque from Brazil.

He’s built up some momentum going 3-0 in his last three fights with a possible date with a top-15 opponent on the horizon, something Brown says is not a priority at the moment.

“Honestly, I am knocking on the door of the top 15 but I’m not particularly in a rush to fight anybody in the top 15 right now because I feel like in the top 15, everybody is really trying to guard their ranking so you don’t really fight as consistently as you would like to,” Brown told Sportsmax.TV.

“Personally, I would like to fight a couple more outside of the rankings to build up the streak a little bit more and, you know, let the money grow as well. When the money grows and gets where it needs to get to then we look at the rankings and be able to afford fighting once a year. As of right now, I just want to fight consistently,” he added.

An exciting fighter to watch, Brown cited legends of the sport when asked about who influenced his style of mixed martial arts.

“Anderson Silva 100 per cent. Growing up watching Anderson Silva was a huge inspiration for me and, if we’re speaking current fighters, other people that influence me a lot right now are Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones,” Brown said.

Related items

  • 'Total bulls***' - UFC chief White presses back on Facebook founder Zuckerberg blackout claims 'Total bulls***' - UFC chief White presses back on Facebook founder Zuckerberg blackout claims

    UFC chief Dana White has pushed back on suggestions this week's UFC media and fan blackout is due to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as "total bulls***."

    This weekend's Fight Night encounter between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan will be closed to in-person attendance and coverage at the UFC Apex in Nevada.

    Speaking at the event's media day, the former stated that attendance was a no-show as Zuckerberg had asked to rent the full venue for the event.

    But White has now sought to shut down the claims, stating that the businessman, now chief executive officer and chairman of Meta, has not requested any such thing

    "Mark Zuckerberg did NOT rent out the UFC Apex," he wrote on a post to social media. "That’s total bulls***."

    Dern is looking for a 13th career victory in 15 bouts after bouncing back to winning ways with a split decision triumph over Tecia Torres in April.

  • McGregor 'not interested' in Mayweather rematch McGregor 'not interested' in Mayweather rematch

    Conor McGregor is "not interested" in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather despite the American suggesting they were set to fight next year.

    Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of the final fight of his professional career in August 2017.

    The 45-year-old has competed in three exhibition bouts since then and will take on Mikuru Asakura in another this weekend.

    Mayweather revealed on Wednesday talks were at an advanced stage with McGregor over a fight in 2023, with a decision still to be made on whether it would be an exhibition or "a real fight".

    But Irishman McGregor took to social media later in the day, posting an image of their first fight with the caption: "#notinterested".

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mayweather had said: "I want to go out there this weekend and have fun. Then I have another exhibition Dubai in November [against British YouTube star Deji] and me and Conor McGregor in 2023.

    "We don't know if it's going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there's been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.

    "I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment. 

    "So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don't really hit hard, such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don't really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals.

    "But nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself."

  • New youngest UFC fighter wants title by 20 after impressing Dana White New youngest UFC fighter wants title by 20 after impressing Dana White

    Raul Rosas Jr., the UFC's new youngest fighter, has outlined his aim to become a champion by the time he is 20.

    The Mexican bantamweight fighter is only 17 but defeated Mando Gutierrez by unanimous decision on Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday.

    Rosas was offered a deal by White before the end of the show to make him the youngest contracted fighter in the UFC's history.

    And speaking afterwards, Rosas revealed his intention to secure a belt as soon as possible.

    "I'm the new king in here, so I'm coming for that belt now," he said. "Respect to everybody, but I'm going to be champion when I'm 20, or even earlier. Nobody is going to stop me."

    The youngest UFC champion to date is legendary light-heavyweight fighter Jon Jones, who captured his belt in 2011, aged 23, when he defeated Brazilian Mauricio Rua by technical knockout.

    Rosas could also become the youngest person to fight in the UFC should he compete in the next 216 days, taking that record from Dan Lauzon (18 years, 198 days).

    It seems the teenager has no plays to slow any time soon, adding: "I'm ready to fight every week, every month – all gas, no breaks.

    "I'll rest when I'm retired, when I'm old, but right now we are just getting started."

    Rosas is unbeaten in his six professional fights so far, with his debut bout only taking place in November last year. His bout on Tuesday was his first to go the distance, with all previous bouts finishing via submission or TKO.

    White, the UFC president, was certainly enthused by what he saw.

    "I've never seen anything like it," he said. "He's absolutely, positively talented. He's special, he's different."

© 2022 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.