Interview: Randy Brown wants Bryan Barberena at UFC 205 in New York


The New York native would love to get his hands on "The Prospect Killer" at UFC 205.

Randy Brown is coming off a very impressive comeback victory over Erick Montano at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson in Texas. Brown showed us all why he is known as a future prospect in the UFC when he submitted Montano with a nasty third-round guillotine choke to earn himself a come from behind victory.


During his post fight interview, 26-year old Brown did what all victorious fighters should do and lay down a challenge. The name he challenged? One Bryan Barberena who is better known now as "The Prospect Killer" after two back-to-back underdog wins over Sage Northcutt and Warlley Alves. The man is no slouch inside the Octagon and has won 3 of his 4 UFC appearances stopping Joe Ellenberger via TKO and submitting Sage Northcutt with an arm-triangle-choke.

With the call out, Brown (8-1) who now has two UFC wins under his belt, meant no disrespect. If anything, it's actually the opposite. While he respects the skills Barberena possesses, Brown believes that this potential fight will bring the best out of him and help elevate him to the next level.


"I think it's a great fight for me," Brown told realmenreport.com."By no means am I saying it's going to be an easy fight but I believe that even though I may be young in my career, I match up well with a lot of the other welterweights and he is one of them. I was found on Lookin' For a Fight and he was the first man to beat Sage Northcutt, who was also on the show and he beat another top prospect recently in Warlley Alves. I've heard a few people calling him (Barberena) a "Prospect Killer" and I'm also a prospect so I want to get in there and test myself against him. He's a good match-up for me so let's throw down."

For many, the call out of a now well-known UFC welterweight by a lesser known one came as a shock and even Brown admits that his prior performances were nothing to write home about but firmly believes the best is yet to come.

"No one knows me yet," Brown said." I'm new in the UFC and they are only going to judge me on what they have seen so far and what they have seen so far may not be that good. I've had some lackluster performances even though I got the finish in this last one but I know what I am capable of, my team knows what I am capable of, the people in the Tri-State area who have seen me fight live and in-person know what time it is. The hardcore fans of mine, they know what time it is but I have yet to prove that on the big time and I believe that if I fight him, I will be able to show people who I am and what I can do. His stand-up is definitely not as good as mine and all the way around I think I am a better fighter than him. I don't take anything away from him because he's tough. He's a grinder, a beast, and at the end of the day I'm not here for the easy fights."


As a New York native with UFC 205 just around the corner, the ultimate dream would be to get this fight on the promotion's first card in the City. Taking place inside the world-renowned Madison Square garden Arena, Brown has dreamt about fighting in front of his friends and family on such a stage for years and years.

"That's the plan," Brown said. "I would love to fight Bryan Barberena in New York, my hometown at UFC 205. There are still a few spots on the card so you never know what may happen. New York is my home, I train across the road from Madison Square Garden and I am always up and down Long Island so it would make perfect sense to fight on that card. Where I am at now both mentally and physically, I am a young bull and I will make my way to the top. The people want to see this fight, the people want the New Yorkers on the card and that's why I got on the mic after my fight in Texas. He's a tough guy, he's not a punk who is gonna come and lay on me for three rounds, he's gonna come and throw and this why I want this fight. I can see he is going to bring out the best in me, he's gonna throw, I'm gonna throw and it's going to be a war. It might just be me smoking his ass, but either way, he will bring out the best in me. That's why I want the fight. I believe it will be a perfect fight for New York and the fans."

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Nick Strickland
Twitter.com/bitanick

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