UFC Vegas 39: Randy Brown defeated Jared Gooden.
Randy Brown defeated Jared Gooden via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Vegas 39 on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV.
“The first kick I threw, the up kick, I dislocated my toe,” said Brown, who thought that kick was going to end the fight.
Brown wasted no time, landing to start the fight. A slip allowed Gooden to take Brown’s back but Brown was able to fight back to his feet. Brown landed a massive front kick to Gooden’s jaw that sent him stumbling backward. Gooden was able to recover and started landed leg kicks. Brown continued to land with his lead left jab. After Brown landed a pair of uppercuts, Gooden went back to the leg kicks. Gooden landed a pair of hard calf kicks. Brown landed another combination, finishing with an uppercut. Gooden continued to attack the legs, forcing Brown to switch stances.
In between rounds, Brown mentioned to his corner that his toe was injured. Gooden started the second round with another strong kick. Brown landed another uppercut. After slipping and getting back to his feet, Brown landed a right hand that hurt Gooden. Brown walked down Gooden but Gooden was able to escape. The two fighters briefly exchanged trash talking after Herb Dean temporarily stopped the fight for an eye poke. The fight almost immediately restarted. Gooden continued to land leg kicks which were clearly taking their toll. Brown came forward and landed a high kick. In the dying seconds of the second round, Brown landed a straight right that hurt Gooden. Brown landed a few more shots but again, Gooden was able to escape.
Brown’s corner told him it was tied at one round apiece going into the final round. Brown landed a loud body kick. Brown landed a three-piece combination. Gooden came back with more leg kicks. Brown landed a trio of left jabs but his toe continued to give him problems. It appeared that Brown was trying to pop his toe back into place with his other foot. Brown landed a jumping knee and followed it up with a knee to the body. Gooden was able to flip position and tied up Brown against the fence. Following a break, Gooden landed another calf kick. Brown came back with another combination. Gooden landed a two-punch combo but Brown landed a knee to the body. In the final seconds of the fight, Gooden tripped Brown, bringing the fight to the canvas for the first time. However, time expired before either fighter could do anything of note on the ground. After the final horn, the two fighters started talking more trash.
Brown entered Saturday’s fight with wins in three of his last four fights. In his last fight, Brown submitted Alex Oliveira in the first round of their UFC 261 fight. With the victory, Brown improved to 14-4 and called for a fight with any ranked fighter.
Gooden missed weight, forcing the fight to move from welterweight to a catchweight fight. By missing weight, Gooden forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Brown. In his last fight, Gooden knocked out Niklas Stolze in the first round, to earn his first UFC victory. With the loss, Gooden is 1-3 since joining the UFC.