MMA continues to thrive, heading into the month of October. This Saturday the UFC returns to its Apex facility in Las Vegas for UFC Vegas 39.
Barring any late postponements, UFC Vegas 39 will feature 11 MMA bouts from the UFC Apex, including a welterweight confrontation in your co-main event of the evening.
Your UFC Vegas 39 co-main event will see two unranked combatants, Randy Brown (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Jared Gooden (18-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC), do battle in the famed Octagon for a three-round fight at five minutes per round.
UFC Vegas 39 Co-Main Event Fighter Comparison
Heading into the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event this Saturday afternoon, Randy Brown stands taller at 6-foot-3, with Jared Gooden countering at six feet even.
In addition, Brown owns a one-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 77 inches), as well as a four 1/2-inch leg reach advantage (45 1/2 inches to 41 inches even) over Gooden entering this UFC Vegas 39 co-main event on Saturday.
Randy Brown Looks To Ride Momentum of Submission Win Into UFC Vegas 39 Co-Main Event
Randy Brown enters the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event on Saturday, having posted a record of 3-2 in his last five MMA appearances, most recently scoring a first-round submission (one-armed rear-naked choke) of Alex Oliveira during UFC 261.
During his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the victorious Brown declined to field questions regarding his supposed animosity toward Oliveira in the run-up to the fight, instead directing the viewers of the PPV to his Twitch channel, where he explained the situation in full, reassuring that there was no real beef toward the two of them.
A key storyline for Randy Brown going into the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event can be found in this statistic:
Two of his last three victories have come by way of submission, and three of his last four wins have come via stoppage, so can Randy Brown finish Jared Gooden inside the distance here?
Jared Gooden Seeks To Avoid Going 1-3 in UFC Vegas 39 Co-Main Event
In the other corner, Jared Gooden has gone 3-2 in his last five bouts, scoring a first-round knockout of Niklas Stolze in July, breaking into the win column for the first time in the UFC, leading to this universal storyline for the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event:
Gooden is inexperienced heading into this co-headliner when compared to his opponent.
The UFC Vegas 39 co-main event will mark Jared Gooden’s fourth UFC appearance, whereas Randy Brown will be making his 12th walk to the famous Octagon this Saturday afternoon.
Will Gooden’s lack of UFC experience come back to haunt him this weekend?
A 1-3 start in the UFC is not what Jared Gooden needs on his resume going out of the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event on Saturday, and a loss here could send him on the fast track toward getting cut from the promotion.
Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction
Stylistically, the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event looks to favor Randy Brown, a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Randy Brown: Submission Hunter
Looking at the tape of Randy Brown’s last fight against Alex Oliveira, he can effectively seek out and score the submission.
Midway through the first round of that fight, Brown was able to grab hold of Oliveira’s neck from the back clinch and drive him down to the mat, locking in that one-armed rear-naked choke, forcing Oliveira to tap out.
As long as Randy Brown can establish control with his grappling, the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event could be done and dusted in a hurry.
Jared Gooden Can End Fights in a Hurry, Too
In the other corner, Jared Gooden can write his happy ending in the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event, just as he did against Stolze in July.
Just about one minute into the first round, Gooden unloaded with a vicious straight to Stolze’s head, sending him down and out right away, so if his right-handed shots are on-target in the UFC Vegas 39, co-main event, it could be over in rapid succession.
In conclusion, the UFC Vegas 39 co-main event could be another entry into the “blink, and you’ll miss it” file in MMA, so make that fridge run before the fight gets underway.
Prediction: Randy Brown by First-Round Submission
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