Randy Brown came into the UFC with a lot of hype thanks to Dana White’s “Looking for a Fight” show, so it’s up to Michael Graves to either derail the train or get run over by it.
Graves wastes no time trying to negate Brown’s lanky limbs and their dangers by initiating a wrestling match, but he doesn’t manage to get his foe down until the latter half of the first round. Brown keeps him honest with a high guard, though, so Graves has a tough time getting his ground and pound going without falling into a triangle. The round ends with Graves on top.
It takes less than 30 seconds for Graves to hoist Brown up and throw him down in Round 2, and whatever counsel his corner gave him in between rounds has him trying some different tactics to clear Brown’s guard and rain down punches. It’s effective, and when Brown tries to scramble out Graves methodically takes his back, sinks in the choke, and gets the tap. Graves was all business, and it paid off.
Michael Graves def. Randy Brown via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:31, R2