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Max Holloway Chokes Out Andre Fili To Kick Off UFC 172 PPV

Andrew Ravens

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Max Holloway was 4-0 before he made his UFC debut at UFC 143 in 2011. He lost to Dustin Poirier via armbar in the first round. Halloway was 8–3 and won his last fight over Will Chope in January via TKO coming into UFC 172 tonight.

The two fighters are in a feeling out process for the first minute of the fight. Flili is trying to land an overhand right, but Holloway gets inside and picks apart Holloway with jabs. At 1:26 left in the round Flili goes for a takedown, but stuffed. Flili mixes things up with punches and leg kicks. Holloway lands a knee shot to the ribs of Fili with 40 seconds left in the round. They clinch on the fence to end the first round.

Holloway is starting to throw leg kicks at the beginning of the second round and 30 seconds into the round they clinch on the fence. Holloway lands a series of knees to the ribs of Flili. they break at a minute into the round. Holloway watches a kick by Flil and takes him down at 1:30 into the round. Flili gets on his feet very quickly and they go back to striking on their feet. Flili takes him down 3 minutes into the fight and lays in half guard of Holloways. The referee stands them up with a minute and twenty seconds left in the right. Holloway goes for a spinning back kick, but caught and Fili sends him to the fence to end the round.

Flili takes Holloway down two minutes into this fight, but it does not last long. Holloway shoots for one of his own moments later, but Fili stuffs him. A minute and a half left in the round Holloway locks in a guillotine and Fili taps.

Andre Fili (13–1) was coming into his fight with Max Holloway with a 9 fight win streak. This was only his second fight in the UFC. His only loss in his career was against Derrick Burnsed back in 2010 where he suffered a knee injury. He made his UFC debut against Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 back in October of 2013. He won that fight via TKO.

Max Holloway def. Andre Fili via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 3:39

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