UFC welterweight Randy Brown has not competed because November, but he’s remained energetic in other approaches.
When countless numbers of protesters flooded the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., Brown (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) was amongst them – marching, chanting, carrying a flag. The crowds fashioned following the demise of George Floyd, a guy who died throughout an arrest by the Minneapolis law enforcement department.
“It was neat,” Brown told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “I just felt like it was extremely vital – a little something that I experienced to do remaining a black man. I was raised in Jamaica but reside in The united states. Some of these challenges strike proper at property. I just felt like it was critical I went out there. I have a minimal little bit of a platform, so I made the decision it would perhaps be excellent for me to be out there and let my voice be read.”
Sports activities portrait photographer Anthony Geathers captured a pair of photographs of Brown partaking in the protests. In a single, Brown, keeping a flag, is proven conversing with a police officer.
“Me and him was just owning a discussion,” Brown mentioned. “People are offended. It’s like a significant-psychological natural environment. Individuals are psychological. There was a dude and an officer who arrived together. The dude was quite emotional and was yelling things. The officer, he obtained emotional, too. They both of those arrived with each other (and) they have been arguing. I came in the center of it and kind of was like, ‘Just be easy.’”
At the finish of the day, Brown said he, like so quite a few other individuals, are just trying to find equality. The protests and marches are an avenue to arrive at that objective.
“We just need reform, guy,” Brown mentioned. “We will need reform. We require to be trustworthy and have an trustworthy dialogue about equality and the issues that are going on in the black local community. I’m not a politician. I’m no civil rights chief or something like that. I’m just a fighter. My view is minuscule in comparison to all the alternatives that could be claimed. I just think what we should choose away is equality. We’re all a person. We should all just be collectively.”
Pivoting to talking about his battling profession, Brown claimed his crew has recently resumed talks with the UFC. Prior to the outbreak of the latest COVID-19 pandemic, he had been booked to struggle Vicente Luque in April. Nonetheless, because of to problems with the coronavirus in New York, his day-to-day lifestyle turned extra challenging.
The Luque matchup is just one that continue to interests Brown, but he’s not absolutely sure of the chance it’ll get booked. Most likely he must struggle a former UFC light-weight champion as an alternative, Brown proposed.
“Absolutely, I assume (Luque) would be a good matchup for me,” Brown reported. “The point is with that, I know Luque is hunting to combat up proper now. I never know if he would like to take a step back again, for each se. I know a whole lot of guys are sort of iffy on that. He desires to fight someone in the top-10, he’s saying. It does not make any difference. It does not make a difference. I’ll struggle him.
“Honestly, I would really like a battle with Anthony Pettis. If that’s not far too considerably-fetched or far too much-absent. I know he was rated 15 I believe. Hey, I’m right outdoors the prime-15 and I want to split in. I’m down to battle any one, wherever in the top rated-15 suitable now.”