Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight forwards Jack Della Maddalena and Randy Brown will face off this weekend (Saturday, February 11, 2023) at UFC 284 inside the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. .
Every now and then a “Contenders Series” product really stands out from the pack. Three fights and three first-round finishes in her UFC career, Maddalena certainly breaks the mold. The 26-year-old Perth local is rising quickly through the ranks, setting the stage for this showcase fight against his toughest challenge yet.
Meanwhile, Brown has been on the roster since 2016, but he didn’t make his debut as polished as the Aussie. Instead, he grew up on the job, learning lessons to develop his sharpest form yet. He has now won four fights in a row and is knocking on the doors of a ranking, a clear indicator that “Rude Boy” has entered his prime.
Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:
Jack Della Maddalena
Main wins: Ramazan Emeev (UFC 275), Danny Roberts (UFC Vegas 65), Pete Rodriguez (UFC 270), Ange Loosa (Contenders Series – 2021)
Key losses: None
Keys to Victory: It was really fun to watch Maddalena’s short progress in the UFC. He quickly burst onto the scene, showing the kind of fluidity and power in his kickboxing form that only happens once in a while. The jiu-jitsu brown belt has stopped 11 enemies by knockout, and most of his wins have come in the first two rounds.
This match reads like a gripping contest, which will likely come down to range. Maddelana likes to press his opponents slowly, actively working his own offense until such time as he can time heavy counter combinations. Along the way, he does a great job of targeting the body, especially with his right hook.
All that to say, Maddalena already has great tools to deal with Brown’s 78-inch reach and snappy jab. Constant pressure is his ally here, and Maddalena can improve his chances of slipping the shot with active feints. Really, all it takes is a few solid counters from the jab to make Brown hesitate before launching the strike, which helps take his best weapon off the table.
Key wins: Francisco Trinaldo (UFC Vegas 61), Alex Oliveira (UFC 261), Khaos Williams (UFC 274), Warlley Alves (UFC Fight Night 164), Bryan Barberena (UFC Fight Night 154)
Key lossesVicente Luque (UFC Vegas 5), Niko Price (UFC Fight Night 133), Belal Muhammad (UFC 208)
Keys to Victory: Brown’s past is that of a boxer, and it shows inside the cage. His jab has already been mentioned, but Brown also has above average footwork and head movement. The lanky Jamaican athlete also proved himself to be a solid submission threat, earning three tapout victories inside the Octagon.
For Brown, the biggest key here is earning Maddalena’s respect. The Aussie’s confidence is at an all time high as he puts on a serious finishing streak in this fight. If he gets the chance, he’ll start fast, get in front of Brown, and make this night in the office a tough one.
As such, the jab alone probably isn’t enough to hold Maddalena down, especially considering it’s a Southpaw vs. Orthodox match. Calling with the right hand will be really important, as a few powerful lands will give Maddalena a lot more to think about as he tries to implement his game.
Overall, “Rude Boy” should be looking to set some traps. He knows Maddalena is coming at him, so if he can show a jab or feint, shoot, and then land some big punches, that’s a very effective recipe for doing damage.
This should be a fun welterweight piece with big implications for every athlete.
Maddalena is one of the best prospects on the roster, Australian or otherwise. He’s making a name for himself fast and he’s gotten a big platform here as a result. If he can extend his UFC winning streak to four and simultaneously earn his best win to date, he’ll likely be ranked by next week.
Brown is also battling to potentially break into the rankings. He’s beaten a solid list of names over the years, several of which are also on the cusp of the Top 15. Turning down a top-notch prospect like Maddalena on the main card of a pay-per-view (PPV) event should be enough. to score Brown a fight in the next ranking, and if he’s really going to make waves at 170 pounds, it’s probably now or never.
At UFC 284, Jack Della Maddalena and Randy Brown will face off in a duel. Which man will be victorious?
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