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Randy Brown calls out Michael Chiesa’s inactivity after UFC Struggle Night time 235: ‘It’s a must to defend your rating’

February 4, 2024 11:20 am ET LAS VEGAS – Randy Brown has been eagerly awaiting his chance to break into the welterweight rankings, and he might get it after an impressive UFC Fight Night 235 win. Brown (18-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) earned his sixth victory in his past seven fights on Saturday when he scored

Randy Brown calls out Michael Chiesa’s inactivity after UFC Struggle Night time 235: ‘It’s a must to defend your rating’


LAS VEGAS – Randy Brown has been eagerly awaiting his likelihood to interrupt into the welterweight rankings, and he would possibly get it after a formidable UFC Fight Night 235 win.

Brown (18-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) earned his sixth victory in his previous seven fights on Saturday when he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Muslim Salikhov (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) on the UFC Apex. His solely losses prior to now 5 years have come to Jack Della Maddalena and Vicente Luque, and now he desires one other likelihood to affix the higher tier of the burden class.

Chiesa represents that chance, Brown stated. “The Final Fighter 15” winner is No. 14 within the newest official UFC rankings, however has solely fought as soon as since November 2021. Due to that lack of exercise, Brown stated it’s time for Chiesa to struggle or give up his rating.

“I simply at all times thought we might be a superb matchup for years,” Brown instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters post-fight at UFC Struggle Night time 235. “These are the fellows that I’ve been watching. These are guys that after I grew up watching MMA as an novice, that I’ve seen in ‘The Final Fighter,’ and I’ve acquired a ton of respect for them. I simply assume it’s a must to defend your rating. As somebody established within the rankings – or, as you say, ‘a contender’ – you possibly can’t simply relaxation in your laurels. This isn’t a shot to him or something, however I simply really feel like he doesn’t struggle as constant as he ought to.

“If I’m a contender arising and I’m taking a look at these guys and I’m like, ‘Who can I realistically get a matchup with?’ and the fellows that aren’t combating – you’ve acquired to do one thing to show you belong in that spot. I really feel like he’s one of many guys that don’t struggle sufficient, so I simply locked in on him.”

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To Brown’s fortune, Chiesa (18-7 MMA, 11-7 UFC) was working as a desk analyst at UFC Struggle Night time 235. They crossed paths within the backstage space after Brown’s win, and he stated they respectfully mentioned a future showdown.

“We’re attempting to get it carried out,” Brown stated. “He stated possibly UFC 300 is a little bit too quickly for him, however he desires to do it. If he’s a person of his phrase, which I believe he’s, hopefully the UFC can come to one thing or we are able to go to the UFC and work it out. We’ll see.”

For now, Brown, 33, will revel within the triumph of one other profitable evening of labor. He end of Salikhov marked his first knockout win since June 2019, and Brown stated it was one of many stronger representations of his finest means.

“I used to be ready for a scrap,” Brown stated. “However I knew if I got here in and I used to be wholesome and I may get off all of the issues that I educated for, that I may get the end.”

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