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Exclusive interview with UFC Welterweight Randy “Rudeboy” Brown

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With UFC on Fox 18 only days away, here at MMA Latest News we caught up with undefeated UFC Welterweight Randy ”Rudeboy” Brown who’ll be making his UFC debut in the opening fight of the event on January 30th. Brown is yet another fighter to be signed to the UFC after featuring on Dana White’s show “Looking for a fight”. Brown is set to face Matt Dwyer who has had mixed results in his 3 UFC fights so far with a win wedged between two losses.

Heading into this weekend Brown is confident he is fully prepared for everything and that his camp went swiftly to have him ready for his opponent.

“Preparations are going great man everything is smooth everything is right where it needs to and I’m ready to rock. It’s same game plan as always like but he’s tall lanky he’s tough but he’s a basic guy so I’m just gonna go in there and do what I do. The skill I bring to UFC welterweight division is a little bit different, a little bit unique so we’ll see. But my preparation is, all the same, nothing’s changed just gonna go in there and do what I do and what I do is stick and move so it should be good”

For some fighters the step up from a show with quite a small crowd compared to UFC is intimidating and that the bright lights and a massive crowd can sometimes get the better of fighters. However, Brown doesn’t believe he’ll be affected by it in the slightest, stating how he likes to be in the limelight anyway.

“You know with the whole crowd thing and the whole bright lights and stuff that doesn’t really bother me. So yeah we’ll just see how it affects me but personally don’t think it’ll be a problem I like the spotlight and all that so it should be cool.”

From what people have seen of Randy, be it his record or a fight video, a lot of it is stand up stuff but Randy believes he is also pretty good on the mat too with some great wrestling skills on top of that and is quite comfortable that he is able to win this fight wherever it goes.

“Wherever it goes, If I happen to catch him with a submission I’m liable to do that if I catch him on the feet with anything that’s liable to happen too. You know I mean I’m pretty well rounded, a lot of people just look at my record and see a lot of KO’s and they look at my social media and they see a lot of stand-up stuff but I’m pretty well rounded so I can take me down if wanna, if I wanna do jiu Jitsu on the ground I can do that too. I gotta a lot of high caliber guys around my trainer is a Renzo Gracie black belt, Sensei Nardu. As far as jiu-jitsu goes then a lot of people sleep on my jiu-jitsu cause I’m always standing up and moving around and stuff like that but jiu-jitsu is pretty good and my wrestling is amazing too.”

On the subject of “Dana White: Looking for a fight”, Randy tells us how he was actually going to take that last fight out until hearing Dana White was going to be there, once he knew that then he knew he had to fight. A decision which surely paid off for him.

“I knew he was gonna be there yeah, the fight was announced a month or two out and I was gonna just take that one off but once I heard he was gonna be there I was like “all right I gotta go, I gotta fight”.

Any fighter would be excited if he heard that the UFC president was coming back to speak to them after their fight and Randy is no different as meeting Dana White was a big moment in his life.

“I was super excited, that was big moment for me that was an important part of my life that I’ll never ever forget so that was really cool, I was excited and was trying to contain myself which I think I did a pretty good job of doing”

Once that UFC contract was signed and made official Brown tells us how much is meant to him and how emotions was running wild as he had the chance to change life not just for him but for his son and his family

“Man, there was so many(emotions) cause I have so many things in just in my life in general y’know, I do this for my son, so this is a chance for me to change things for him for me for my family and all that so it was really emotional but so many different emotions. It was intense but I was excited at the same time it was a different emotion but good at the same time.”

Since the Pilot episode of the show, Sage Northcutt has been a hit amongst UFC fans as well as an amazingly talented fighter. Brown is quite open in saying how he’d like to replicate the success Sage has had since the signing with the UFC and that he’ll hopefully gain the same hype.

“Absolutely I think once people see me fight that same exact hype that he gained through the show I’ll have the same thing but I’ll just have to prove myself throughout my debut but yeah I’m definitely looking to replicate that.”

So there you go, be sure to be watching from the very beginning on January 30th as Randy will be making his UFC debut on the Fight Pass prelims of the and it is definitely not one to miss. You can also follow Randy on twitter @TouchNGo_.

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Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut

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MMA Latest spoke to Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page, as he makes his boxing debut this Friday at the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night.

Page (12-0 MMA) is renowned for his entertaining fight style inside the cage, with most of his knockout and submission victories ending up in highlight reels online, that almost always go viral.

‘MVP’ was supposed to make his boxing debut on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew in March of this year, but due to ongoing negotiations with Bellator, his debut was delayed. Shortly after Page signed with Haye’s promotion “Hayemaker Ringstar.”

Q: So, Michael, we’re about five days out now from your big boxing debut, and still we have no name of an opponent? Can you break the big news, who will you be fighting next week?

I honestly couldn’t even tell you his name right now! I know I’ve got an opponent, but I haven’t even looked at him because it has changed so many times. I don’t like to pay too much attention to it, because it’s added stress. For me it’s just a case of turning up, and firing punches at whoever is across the ring.

Q: Is this fight 10 or 12 rounds? Given a standard boxing fight is a lot longer than your typical 15-minute MMA bout, has there been an emphasis on cardiovascular work in your training camp?

Depending on the opponent, I think it’s 6-rounds. The preparation has been different, I’m having to stress out my shoulders and core a lot. The kicking distance as well is very different, getting used to having people a bit closer. I’m getting used to the corners of the ring, I’ve done it before but not to this extent so I am familiar of it, but my body wasn’t really used to it.

Q: So, is this kind of like a one fight deal for Haye’s Ringstar promotion? Regardless of this fight’s outcome, will you return to MMA?

Not at all, I’m taking it seriously. Otherwise, I would have just had a super fight against a big name like McGregor did. This is why I can’t just jump into a 12 round fight, I need to adjust my body and get it prepared for boxing.

There’s no future plans yet, I’d like to have an MMA fight again before the end of this year, as I haven’t fought this whole year, but another opportunity for boxing may come up and I might get a chance to jump on that, so it depends.

Q: Were you frustrated that Bellator booked Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin, and if you could send a message to Daley right now what would it be?

I have no interest in him anymore. It feels so pathetic and unnecessary now. I don’t think he deserved that fight with Larkin right after the shocking display he put on in Wembley against Rory MacDonald. But good on him he beat Larkin, however he calls me out immediately after then goes on to say he’s past that fight, it just doesn’t make sense.

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Q: A statement we hear a lot is “MVP is the only guy outside the UFC that I want in the UFC” People criticise the talent in Bellator and say you’re fighting nobodies, what do you say back to them?

The amount of times you hear “you shouldn’t fight this person, you should have fought that person.” Everyone’s got an idea of what the correct steps someone should make are, but at the end of the day it’s their career. People are so fickle and easy to forget. If you are a fan of somebody, just be a fan of them regardless of win or loss.

Q: I’ve got to ask about how things are with Bellator, because from the outside looking in it’s quite unclear. How is it relationship at the moment?

Yeah I get on with most of the guys, it’s like a small family. I’ve still got a couple of fights left with them, they’re growing very well, the only problem is I feel like they’re focusing a bit too much on ex UFC fighters. For me it says you’re classing yourself as second best. Bellator generate some amazing superstars and young talent, they should continue to promote them.

You can watch ‘MVP’ make his boxing debut this Friday night, as the Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night will air at 21:00PM on Dave.

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

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We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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Exclusive: Andrey Koreshkov eyeing fight with Rory MacDonald

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Former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov is coming off of an interesting past two years. In 2015 he beat current welterweight champion Douglas Lima, via a dominant unanimous decision, in order to win the welterweight title. He returned in 2016 and beat former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via another dominant beatdown. It seemed like Koreshkov was going to be the champion for a very long time, making elite fighters look like they had no business being in the cage with him.

Koreshkov’s world came crashing down one night in Isreal. The Russian was beating Douglas Lima in a rematch, he was up 20-18 on the score-cards, and it seemed like he was going to walk away with another successful title defense. Koreshkov forced Lima’s back against the fence and started winging punches at him, Lima started to do the same as he looked to get off the fence, and then it happened, a huge left hook caught Koreshkov on the chin and it was lights-out. Lima was once again champion, and Koreshkov’s reign was cut short.

What was next for Koreshkov after losing the title? Perhaps a move to middleweight? Bellator’s middleweight division has fewer contenders than the welterweight division and could promise a quicker path to the title for the Russian. Koreshkov is a big welterweight, standing at 6’1, he certainly wouldn’t be small in the higher weight class. Speaking to MMA Latest, Koreshkov was quick to shut down the idea of moving up. “No, no, I work hard at welterweight and I’d like to stay there.”

Sticking with welterweight, Koreshkov knew it was going to be tough to get another title shot after his fight with Chidi Njokuani, but he seems to know the key to fighting for the title “It’s not about how many wins, but rather, the quality of my wins”, with that in mind, he promised the gameplan against Njokuani was to “stand and bang”. Koreshkov fulfilled his promise, against Njokuani he came out guns-blazing, giving Njokuani all he could handle on the feet before eventually taking him down and finishing him with some nasty ground and pound.

Koreshkov also got the chance to explain who he’d like to fight next, should he not get a title shot. “I don’t have any favorites, I know that there are a lot of tough fights at my weight class, but if I had to choose, I would say Rory MacDonald.” Unfortunately for Koreshkov, MacDonald is booked against his former opponent Douglas Lima, as the two are set to fight for the Bellator welterweight title in January.

A fight against MacDonald would promise fireworks as the two are known for their ruthless style. There’s a strong chance Koreshkov may get his chance against MacDonald next, as the former champion is certainly either next in line for the shot, or set to fight the loser.

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