Andre Fili Welcomes Calvin Kattar to the UFC at UFC 214

Garnering a checkered record since entering the UFC in 2013, Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili (16-4) studies every fiber of the Octagon’s canvased game board leading into UFC 214 before playing human chess against Calvin ‘The Boston Finisher’ Kattar (16-2).

Originally, Fili was slated to meet the UFC’s latest featherweight sensation, ‘The Korean Superboy’ DooHo Choi. Unfortunately, Choi was scratched from the card, and the idea of ‘Touchy’ sitting on the sidelines when UFC 214 parked inside the heart of the Honda Center in Anaheim, California was a sensitive subject.

Having not competed since October 2016, the name standing across from Fili wasn’t nearly as important to him as the warm body. With time winding down to the UFC’s summer blockbuster, Sean Shelby, the promotion’s Matchmaker, rifled through his Rolodex and pulled Kattar from a list of contenders. Fili was nonchalant about Kattar’s eight-fight win-streak and the decade of professional experience under his belt; instead, the heavily tattooed member of Team Alpha Male was only curious whether or not the ink had dried on Kattar’s contract.

Three title fights and a cast of spectacular match-ups on UFC 214’s main card, each of which alone could headline a UFC Pay-Per-View, will capture the attention of the MMA world, and Fili feels that he’s a valuable layer of flare in this deep, talent-rich event.

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Keep UFC 214 Super By Pairing Andre Fili With ‘Super’ Sam Toomer

When ‘The Korean Superboy’ Dooho Choi (14-2) fell prey to the injury bug, Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili (16-4) pinched any thought of missing his chance to appear on of the UFC’s most delicious menu of match-ups in 2017—UFC 214: Jones vs. Cormier 2.

Just under three weeks until UFC 214’s opening bell—July 29, 2017—and following the UFC’s highest profile weekend: International Fight Week, Fili, after witnessing Gray Maynard smother his teammate Teruto Ishihara like a wet blanket for fifteen minutes at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale, reminded his following of fellow Outcasts & Underdogs, via Twitter, of his desire to surge electrical excitement through pulses—not force flatlines:

Fili isn’t reaching for a ranking nor plotting an outlandish narrative in his search for viable opposition; moreover, the colorful personality out of Team Alpha Male (TAM) will challenge anyone in his respective weight class, but it’s a black or white issue: simply sign the dotted line—or not. As noted in Fili’s response to Artem Lobov, one of Conor McGregor’s cronies, he shouldn’t have to beg those on the UFC’s roster to show up to work:

Known as ‘Touchy’ Fili, it’s not about sensitivity in his reaction to Lobov’s lacking interest, though, based on their job description, that sort of decision defies Fili’s frame of reference. Bloodthirsty illustrates Fili’s present-day mindset, which was highlighted once the name ‘Super’ Sam Toomer (11-1) slipped into his timeline:

Since Toomer’s singular setback while contending for RFA’s Featherweight Title in 2015, he moved his training to El Dorado Hills, and the value of MMAGOLD’s fight team, in terms of knowledge and talent, exponentially spiked. Toomer’s previous pair of bouts displayed an attack on members of TAM, Sacramento’s seemingly unbreakable squadron, with a cancerous venom, defeating Adrian Diaz—Global Knockout (GKO) 7—and Anthony Avila—GKO 9. Before his arrival to MMAGOLD, Toomer groomed much of his craft at Victory MMA in San Diego; therefore, an invitation to the next UFC Pay-Per-View in Anaheim would be a Southern California homecoming of sorts.

The mere mention to Toomer about assessing his skillset against Fili, a proven commodity at the upper-echelon of the UFC’s featherweight division, generated a tremendous roar from within his belly:

With three championship affairs topping UFC 214, the only way to buff an even greater shine into such a stacked card is to book a bout between Toomer and Fili for 145-pound supremacy in ‘The Golden State.’

Dooho Choi injured, but Andre Fili still plans to fight at UFC 214 — MMAjunkie

Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Dooho Choi (blue gloves) reacts to fight with Cub Swanson (red gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dec 10, 2016; Toronto, ON, CAN; Cub Swanson (red gloves) fights Dooho Choi (blue gloves) during UFC 206 at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit:…

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