LAS VEGAS – UFC featherweight Andre Fili has a simple, repeatable plan for the remainder of the year.
Ahead of his second appearance of the calendar year inside UFC Apex for a main card bout against Bill Algeo at UFC Fight Night 210, Fili (21-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) explained his easy three-step approach to ‘was pursued in his career.
“My whole plan this year is to win fights, get tattoos, travel and repeat,” Fili told reporters including MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s media day. “I’m going to win a fight, go get a tattoo and travel somewhere new, and then get my ass back into training. Then repeat the process. This is my goal and the timing was perfect.
“I’m going to win this fight this week here in September, and then I’m going to win again in December, and I’m just going to keep the train rolling. I really want to be active. … I’m excited, I’m happy. Just trying to keep things moving.”
Phil will be looking to claim his first win since June 2020. After missing two and one race not due to an accidental eye poke, Phil’s belief in his abilities is unwavering as he enters his bout of 19 of the UFC.
“Senor Perfecto” Algeo (16-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) stepped in to fill the void when “Touchy” Fili’s original opponent Lando Vannata was forced to withdraw due to injury. Both opponents bring a similar unorthodox striking game, which meant there wasn’t much adjusting to do in preparation, according to Phil.
“I’m in a place where I know I can beat anybody,” Fili said. “I’ve fought the best guys in the world and I really believe I’m the 45th best in the world and I haven’t shown it. I have not consistently shown this. In my opinion, when I go back and watch my fights, I have these flashes of greatness. I’ve had moments where I really show, in my opinion, that I’m really great at fighting. I’ve also had shows that don’t show that. My job now is to consistently show those things and I can do that against anyone in the world.
“Bill Algeo is a great opponent to do this against. I don’t know him. He seems like a cool guy. He has a great nickname. As a guy with a good nickname, he has a pretty good nickname and his style is fun. It was a pretty easy choice when he was growing up.”
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