Welcome to USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire's European Union Experience. Fili and Krause spoke with Fightful ahead of UFC Fight Island for the Fighters Predict series. It’s also a chance to fight on U.S. soil for the first time in a couple of years as well. “I’m still a kid trying not to fuck up and it’s easy for kids who are fucking up to relate to me and that’s truly who I’m doing this for.”. Follow him on Twitter: @spencerkyte. Me and Yair are too similar to share space. “It has to be because I’m not going back to being a regular motherfucker, you know what I’m saying?”. “I was like, ‘I’ll fight him tomorrow. UFC Fight Island 5 takes place on Saturday, October 10 at Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. "That is a banger of a fight," Fili said. Andre Fili grew up in a tornado. Before each fight, the UFC editorial team has athletes update the bios that run on their individual fighter pages on the promotion’s website. Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain square off in a featherweight fight on the main card at UFC Fight Night 172 Saturday at the UFC’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas.The prelims kick off at 6 p.m. I like the movement," Krause added. “On Team Alpha Male, you have all these Type-A personalities – college wrestlers; badass dudes that have been winners their whole lives and that’s not me,” begins Fili, energetic and open, his emotions on his sleeve at all times. It feels good to be fighting.”. Note: this story contains strong language. “I think this is true with every fight I’ve had in the UFC with the exception of my first fight against Jeremy Larsson. I was ready to go,” he says of getting the call to face Rodriguez. ", "Sandhagen. Sandhagen is fucking slick, he's real slick. “I needed to validate myself. In his debut – a short-notice effort against Jeremy Larsson at UFC 166 – he showed why his teammates were always singing his praises and pundits tabbed him as a future contender, earning a stoppage less than a minute into the second round of an entertaining scrap. I’m not going to front – I’ll always be me and sometimes people don’t want to hear it, but I’ll be real: at this point, fighting is all that I have. Fightful has all of your MMA needs covered. Andre Riley Givens (born June 25, 1990) better known by the name Andre Fili is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division. ET, followed by the main card set for 9 p.m. I fucking really believe that I’m the best 145-pounder in the world and I can beat anyone on any given night. I'll go Sandhagen.". I still have to validate myself and prove to people that I’m the next up and I really believe that I am. I think he is the more diverse striker. ET on ESPN/ESPN+. Your privacy is safe with us. And in part, that is what Saturday is about. This is all I have. “This means everything to me,” he says. It reads, “I dropped out of Community College to further pursue MMA. I love the UFC – the UFC saved my life – but you can tell who they like and who they’re not as stoked on. Previewing Sunday’s Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 7 sports betting odds and lines, with MLB betting picks and best bets. I dropped out. “I’m a fuck-up and I have to work hard every day to not be a fuck-up; that’s how I am.”. I want to be a world champion and I want to leave a legacy. Follow us on Twitter for updates, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive interviews, lists, news updates and predictions. Fili and Krause spoke with Fightful ahead of UFC Fight Island for the Fighters Predict series. Click here to learn more. Six years later, he’s one of the top prospects in the UFC featherweight division, set to take on Yair Rodriguez in the opening fight of this weekend’s UFC 197 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas and one of the second generation Alpha Males that has stepped into a leadership role with the transitioning team. Fighters are split between the UFC Fight Island 5 headliners but Andre Fili and James Krause lean towards Cory Sandhagen beating Marlon Moraes. He’s the outcast, the underdog; the kid with the tattoos and the gauged ears that was looking for salvation when he first stepped through the doors of the gym. They’re looking at who they’re going to invest in for the future and I’m trying to be that guy. I am nowhere near earning a degree.”. “It’s all well and good to try to inspire kids and be like, ‘Hey, if you grew up like me, you can make it happen – you just have to bust your ass.’ That’s cool to say, but if I’m losing fights, then I’m not really making it happen. Fili is of Samoan and Native Hawaiian descent and is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). And then there is Fili, who at 5’11” is tall by the team’s standard and doesn’t boast the collegiate pedigree of his running mates.
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