“Jake’s a very tough opponent and I take all my opponents very seriously, but I know I’m gonna win, and after that, I need a ranked opponent,” said Brady. “I need somebody with a number next to their name. I don’t like to say I deserve anything, but I think I would deserve a ranked opponent after this to at least get my chance to get into the top 15. No numbers outside of the top 15 matter, and I’m ready to fight the best guys in the world and I’m gonna start with Jake and then after that I want Robbie (Lawler) or I want ‘The Leech’ (Li Jingliang). I want somebody in that top 15 that’s gonna keep getting my name bigger and bigger.”

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Around this time, I remind Brady that at this time two years ago, he was coming off a fourth-round TKO of Tajuddin Abdul Hakim in a CFFC show in Atlantic City. Now he’s calling for fights with Robbie Lawler. And that’s a realistic notion, too.

He laughs.

“Even Jake, I’ve watched him a million times,” said Brady. “He’s a little bit younger than me, but he’s been in the UFC a long time and he’s got a lot of experience. I’m a fan of the sport, so knowing that I could be potentially fighting guys I’m a fan of is awesome. But, at the end of the day, I’m coming to take what they have, and after this fight, I need to take somebody’s number and that’s what I plan on doing.”