Randy Brown did the unthinkable Saturday at UFC Sao Paulo, submitting Brazil’s Warlley Alves at home with a triangle.
Once a pair of highly touted prospects, Warlley Alves and Randy Brown looked to build modest win streaks at UFC Sao Paulo. Their welterweight clash, on the preliminary portion of the Brazilian card, would see one man gain some breathing room. The other would drop well back in the welterweight division.
Brown started the fight by practically skipping out to center, hands down, but almost immediately, Alves caught a kick and dumped him on his back. That allowed the Brazilian to go to work, with over four and a half minutes left in the round. Plenty of time to make something happen on the ground. And on your back, in Brazil, with a Brazilian opponent on top of you is not where you want to be.
Brown, meanwhile, tried to use his length to keep Alves off him. However, Alves kept the pressure on, and every time Brown made space, Alves re-positioned. Nearly two minutes had passed when Brown did escape back up. He pressed Alves into the fence as the pair grappled, with Alves ending that by throwing his opponent down. The hip toss led to some right hands landing for the Brazilian. Brown gave his back up, allowing Alves to get both hooks in. The rear-naked choke went in, but Brown was able to fend it off. Brown would escape just prior to the end of the round.
The second saw things turn around for Randy Brown. Alves was able to shake off a flying knee, get the fight down off a caught kick, but Brown then showed some solid work off his back. He locked in a triangle, catching the Brazilian, who had nowhere to go but out. Instead, he tapped. Brown had pulled off what would have to be considered an upset, given the locale.
— UFC (@ufc) November 16, 2019
Official Result: Randy Brown def. Warlley Alves by submission (triangle choke), Round 2, 1:22