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UFC Fight Night 78’s Andre Fili poised for ‘great things,’ talks ‘next generation’ of Team Alpha Male talent

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“Touchy” spoke with MMAmania.com about the mood at Team Alpha Male (TAM), coaching on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22, Martin Kampmann leaving as striking coach, his next opponent, Gabriel Benitez, and much more in this exclusive interview.

Any Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) loss can set a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter back greatly, delaying their ascent into the rankings.

Featherweight prospect and Team Alpha Male (TAM) product Andre Fili (14-3) has achieved a 2-2 record inside the Octagon, but his losses have been of the more heartbreaking kind. “Touchy” was caught in a surprise flying triangle choke by submission ace Godofredo Pepe in March 2015, which occurred nearly one year after being submitted by current 145-pound contender Max Holloway in a back-and-forth exchange.

Losing isn’t something that Fili is used to — the 25-year-old brought an eight-fight win streak (five finishes) into ZUFFA in Oct. 2013.

He’ll look to establish some consistency when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Latin America” veteran, Gabriel Benitez (18-4), at UFC Fight Night 78 inside Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, this Saturday night (Nov. 21, 2015).

But before that, Fili spoke with MMAmania.com about his health, Urijah Faber and TAM, the new generation of stars ….View original article

Source:: mma mania