As many of you may be aware a young fighter named Sage Northcutt was recently signed to the UFC. His star has risen exponentially since that point.
The show that introduced Dana to Sage – Looking For a Fight – is now back and will be present at Ring of Combat 53 this Friday.
Ring of Combat is a top regional promotion based in Atlantic City, NJ and has been home to brilliant fighters such as Uriah Hall and Current UFC Middleweight champ Chris Weidman. Dana and Matt Serra are looking to possibly dip into that pool again, and I for one feel rightly so as on the card is a Welterweight title fight with the current holder Randy ‘Rudeboy’ Brown, the fighter at the focus of this article.
Brown had racked up a 5-2 amateur record before turning pro in May 2014. Since then Brown has earned an extremely impressive 5-0 record with five stoppages and two defences of his ROC WW title.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts Brown moved to Jamaica shortly thereafter where he would spend the majority of his time until his mid teens. Living in Jamaica Brown didn’t really have access to any Wrestling programs so it wasn’t until later on in his life that he really started to hone those skills. After eventually making his way back to America and settling in New York Brown took up Boxing and it became a gateway sport of sorts as he moved from Boxing onto wanting to challenge himself and try his hand at MMA.
After finding he had a passion for MMA Brown would hook up with the Renzo Gracie Academy where he would learn the grappling arts. He then moved into his full time training hub of Budokan Martial Arts Academy – a Gracie affiliate- along with splitting his time between Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, Long Island MMA and the previously mentioned Renzo Gracie Academy.
The rest as they say is history.
Right off the bat there is an easy comparison some will make aesthetically -I did think it myself – Brown very much has the frame reminiscent of a fellow New York State native – a young Jon Jones. He’s a large, slender WW standing at 6’2 with very long limbs that he uses wickedly. Alongside that incredible frame are flashes of a style we’d relate to that of Michael Page, not as bragadocious as Page but certainly flashes which make for lots of excitement.
His boxing is crisp and rangey and looks great fighting from the outside where he can pick his punches. He throws powerful and he has brilliant timing along with that vital killer instinct. Brown is brilliantly well rounded too for a guy with less than two years pro experience. He incorporates knees and kicks very fluidly into his attacks and he has shown great grappling skills along with superb physical strength. Brown really is a physical specimen for the weight.
Brown is so much more than raw talent though. From the interviews I’ve seen he comes across as well spoken, aware and humble but with just enough brashness and self belief that he really peaks your interest and you wanna hear him speak. That’s why I feel he’s the guy on Dana’s radar this weekend and the one they will be focusing on with the show.
A big win from ‘Rudeboy‘ here and I’d expect he’s all but sealed his first fight in the UFC.
You our can follow Brown and check out some of his highlights on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/touchngo_
photo credit: Randy Brown Facebook, onemma.net
video credit: newyorkfighting.com