Q&A: Randy Francis of Reality Fightingby Brian Woodman Jr. on 07/02/19
Amateur Randy Francis's recent ground-and-pound victory over Mike Placentini during a featherweight bout at Reality Fighting's latest event at Mohegan Sun was just part of an evening that included nearly all fast-finishes. Francis secured a TKO win at 2:58 in the first round after two losses earlier this year.
We chatted with Francis about his background and potential future.
Q: To what do you credit with your recent win at Reality Fighting?
I credit my friends at Strike Zone MMA, Thornton’s MMA, and my family for all
the love and support they have given me.
How did your interest in MMA begin?
I've always had an interest in martial arts as a child but didn't get into it
until I was 15. I think around 2012 I went to my first MMA event, Reality
Fighting, and was intrigued. I had already been training for a couple years and
I thought it was really cool and my goal from that point on was to do at least
Did you start with a particular style or general MMA? What was the progression?
How long have you trained with your current gym? What was your first gym? Where
else have you trained?
I started at a dojo that did a variation of Muay Thai and Krav Maga. I didn't
like the place I was at because no one actually earned their belts like you do
in an art like Jiu-jitsu. You could only test about once every two months and
you only had to have something like 22 class attendances to advance. My skills
quickly advanced and I found myself out performing higher belts but was
frustrated that I was stuck at a lower belt. This lead me to find a traditional
boxing gym in 2013 where there were no belts and it was all about skills. At
that gym I had few boxing smokers and I met a couple people that also trained
at strike zone and they got me into MMA and Jiu-jitsu in about 2014/2015. In
2015 I would go into to compete in my first MMA fight but I had lost which lit
a fire in me and drove me to train hard. Then I won my next fight via TKO in
Mohegan Sun which got me addicted and I haven't stopped since.
Are there other fighters that you particular emulate? Are there any that you
A: I honestly don’t really have a favorite fighter because I don’t really have time to watch fights. I really only watch the fights of fellow New England fighters at local shows. I do really enjoy watching the lower weight classes (flyweight-lightweight) in the UFC though when I do have a chance to get out.
What are you future goals in combat sports? Are you planning on going
I try to make small goals as I progress. I do plan on going pro, but I'm also
in no rush either. Right now I just want to focus on continuously improving
myself as a fighter.
Do you have a day job?
Yes I work full time at Electric Boat as an apprentice designing nuclear
submarines for the Navy.
Q: Do you have any
advice for aspiring fighters?
A: Eat clean, wrestle, and do not rush into fights. Study your opponents, keep your weight on point and work on your wrestling. Wrestling is without a doubt the most important fundamental for MMA. If you cannot take your opponents down or defend take downs you will be in big trouble in the cage.