UFC 274: Randy Brown earns split decision over Khaos Williams

UFC 274: Randy Brown defeated Khaos Williams.

Randy Brown defeated Khaos Williams via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), at UFC 274 on Saturday, May 7, 2022, live from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ.

“Khaos is a dangerous boy, that is a bad motherfucker. I’m not going to lie to you there was some apprehension,” said Brown, who went on to describe the changes he made between the first and second round to win the fight.

The first round got off to a slow start with both fighters feeling each other out. Brown landed a counter and quickly moved out of danger. Williams was throwing heavy power punches but struggled to connect early in the round. Eventually, Williams landed a big power shot that dropped Brown, who was able to recover. Brown went for a takedown late in the round that Williams was able to defend. Brown went for a standing guillotine choke but could not lock in it deep enough before the end of the round.

Brown came out strong for the second round, landing a big shot. Brown continued to have success with his jabs. Williams landed a big combination that backed Brown up against the fence. Brown was able to escape and move back to the middle. Brown was doing a good job using his size advantage to create distance between himself and Williams.

Between rounds, Williams’ corner gave him a passionate speech about giving everything he had for the final five minutes if he wanted to win the fight. Brown landed a front kick to Williams’ head. Defensively, Brown continued to frustrate Williams, perfectly moving out of danger and taunting. Williams caught Brown coming in, dropping him. Brown was able to get back to his feet and landed a powerful right hand. Brown continued to walk forward. Williams flipped the script again, landing a big shot and pushing Brown up against the fence. From the break, Williams grabbed Brown’s wrist and landed a big right hand.

With Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon’s fight removed from the card due to Cerrone coming down with an illness, Brown and Williams were moved to the main card. The two fighters opened up the pay-per-view portion of the card. Brown entered Saturday’s fight on a two-fight winning streak and with four wins over his last five fights. In his last fight, Brown defeated Jared Gooden by decision.

Since joining the UFC, Williams has won four of five fights, including two in a row. In his last appearance in the Octagon, Williams earned a performance of the night bonus for his knockout of Miguel Baeza.

UFC 274: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022, live from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on-site, for all your news and highlights.

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