On Friday February 17th at the Woodland Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Tristate MMA/BJJ’s own Ian Brofsky will take on Phillip “The Fresh Prince” Rowe in the PA Cage Fight 2 as the co-main event.
Rowe has entered his professional career after a 6-4 amateur record. After two early losses (to Justin Lesko and Roberto Yong) Rowe is now coming off his first professional win defeating Jeremy Bethea via submission (rear naked choke). In the fight with Bethea, Rowe at 6’3” demonstrated good take down defense against his limited opponent. He utilized his superior reach to confused his opponent until he was able to take Bethea’s back and gain the submission.
Ian Brofsky has a 7-3 amateur record and a 1-1 Professional record. His father, Harry Brofsky, is an accomplished fighter in his own right, a BJJ brown belt and a UDS full instructor under Sifu Ralph Mitchell. Ian has the benefit of high-level instructors and is a versatile, strong, and agile fighter.
Ian will be added to the list of fighters that Trainscorner follows and updates our readers on. We expect another victory for Ian. Because of his well-roundedness he can end the fight is various ways but Trainscorner expects it to be by submission.
The Budokan Team was getting concerned that a new opponent was not chosen after George Sullivan was unceremoniously removed from the card because of his second PED violation. It was less than two weeks before the fight when there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
UFC was able to tap Belal Muhammad to fill in for Sullivan. Muhammad has a 10-2 record before accepting a role as a last minute replacement. He lost his first fight to Alan Jouban in July 2016, knocked out Augusto Montano in September 2016 , but then he himself was knocked out by Vincent Luque in November. The Jouban fight had its competitive moments and gave UFC the idea that Muhammad could be a real contender.
However, UFC tends to operate in 3s, namely they give you three opportunities to prove yourself before they decided whether to “keep you or cut you”. That makes this a terribly important fight for Muhammed. That being said with two losses and one win he is probably on the precipice of being cut by the organization.
Randy Brown after a slip up against Michael Graves has two wins against Erick Montano and Brian Camozzi. This is an important fight for Mr. Brown because he is attempting to solidify his position in the division, and he is no longer on the early preliminary card but on the main card. But although the short notice is usually seen as a detriment to the incoming fighter, the short notice is often very bad for the card fighter as he was preparing for a completely different opponent. Changing tactics with a week and a half to go is dicey at best. When I asked this question to Professor Ty, Randy’s strike coach he said, “We are not worried because one thing is consistent… we always come up with a solid game plan”. Although Randy is not a veteran, his team consists of veteran trainers and fighters who have worked with the likes of Dave Branch, Matt Brown, Rodrigo Gracie, Jamel Patterson to name a few. Professor Ty says, “Randy is improving dramatically and we have had a tight camp”.
Trains Corner sees Muhammad’s strengths as range control, ability to fire punches and kicks from either side. However, he is neither a high-level wrestler or grappler so he must win with strikes.
He has demonstrated questionable defense particularly when the opponent is striking in combination. Although he is not a veteran of wrestling or jujitsu there are some things he does well so one should not to take him completely for granted in these areas.
Here we think Randy does have the ability to upend Muhammad’s based upon Muhammad’s defensive liabilities. Belal drops his hand and does not bring his hands back when punching leaving himself open to counters. But he is tough enough to stay in the fight if you can’t finish him once he is in trouble. His money punch is his slinging right hook that can turn into a right over hand set up by a jab. Since Muhammad’s former opponent Jouban has had recent success, beating Muhammad will give Randy confidence and perhaps his UFC standing a well recognized boost. Tune in Saturday Night!
On Saturday February 11th, UFC will hold UFC 208 at the Barkclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is the first UFC event held in Brooklyn and the fourth one held in New York State since MMA was legalized. This event will be headlined by the former Woman’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holmes and rising star Germaine de Randamie. These women will fight at the featherweight class (145lbs). This will be the UFC’s first featherweight bout in franchise history. Winning this would make Holly Holmes the first female in UFC history to win titles in two different weight divisions.
Also on the card is the former, arguably P4P best UFC fighter, Anderson the Spider Silva matched up against Derek Brunson. Rounding out the card will be Glover Teixeira vs Jared Cannonier, Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller, and former UDS student Phillipe “Filipino Assassin” Nover vs Rick Glenn.
This card also represents the Brooklyn venues debut of UDS’s and the Budokan’s own Randy “Rude Boy” Brown. Brown returns to the Octagon with a 9-1 record and faces the wily veteran in George Sullivan who sports a 3-2 UFC record and 17 5 MMA record. George was coming off a year suspension for being caught by USADA for PEDS. In an interview on Bloody Elbow he described the strange circumstances surrounding his suspension and that he was training in Arturo Gatti’s old gym. (Gatti died under suspicious circumstances in 2009.) When asked about his opponent Randy Brown, Sullivan indicated that he felt Randy’s busy 2016 fight schedule and Sullivan’s long lay off would not give Randy an advantage in a fight. He also indicated that his 5 losses were due to bad luck.
Fast forward to January 2017 and George Sullivan has been suspended again and pulled form the UFC card.
We will follow-up when we find out who Randy’s opponent will be.