Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili (17-5) not only put his paws on the chin of Artem Lobov (14-14-1), in an attempt to fracture his spirit and facial structure, at UFC Fight Night 118, but the featherweight out of Team Alpha Male (TAM) also sought to draw those keyed into his post-fight interview closer together.
An over-saturation of negative energy has charged Fili to focus on spreading good will. Sure, he broadcasts his voice via his own podcast, entitled Touchy Subjects (link here), actively participates on all his social medias (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), and is a regular guest on TAM’s podcast, Stud Radio (link here), but there’s no grander stage, at least not in MMA, as several allocated minutes granted by the UFC.
After freezing Lobov for three rounds with fancy footwork and pinpoint strikes—one of which was a concussive head kick, Fili set the hurt business aside to warm the hearts of those inside Poland’s Ergo Arena, as well as logged into UFC Fight Pass, when sharing a sentiment that remains all too silent:
“To be honest, I don’t even want to talk about fighting right now,” he began. “I want to say something real quick: This whole two months I was in my fight camp, all I saw on the news was mass shootings and bombings and tsunamis and hurricanes, and there are forest fires all up and down California. You guys…We’ve got to start treating each other like human beings; we’ve got to show each other a little love. There’s only one race; it’s the human race. We got to start giving a shit about each other and giving a shit about this planet we inherited, and our kids and our grandkids are going to inherit.”
Fight fans following along on Twitter agreed:
The opening bout at today’s UFC Fight Night 118 event featured a bit of history courtesy of Josh Emmett’s heavy hands. Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who earned a one-sided unanimous decision over Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight fight at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, connected with a…
via Josh Emmett’s historic 1st round at UFC-Gdansk results in extremely rare 10-7 score — MMAjunkie
From the moment Aspen Ladd’s walkout music welcomed her into UFC Fight Night 118 to the blood-curdling screams echoing throughout Poland’s Ergo Arena that put a bow on her UFC debut, Twitter sprouted with a growing interest in the newest bantamweight added to the roster.
When ‘The Promontory’ from The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack cracked over the speakers, the same stoic stare her rabid swarm of followers had become accustomed to while competing under Invicta Fighting Championships’ banner reappeared. As was the case in her previous five contests, the face of MMAGOLD in El Dorado Hills, California eagerly crossed the Atlantic Ocean to reconstruct the bone structure of Lina Lansberg:
Though Ladd, as usual, acted as if she’d been shot from a cannon at the referee’s behest, much of the round was locked in a clinch. The brief moments of separation leaned in Lansberg’s favor:
Between rounds, Ladd’s corner implored her: drag Lansberg to the mat. Much like Dr. Jekyll’s transformation to Mr. Hyde, she drank the potion of instructions:
A tenderizing ground-and-pound raised the decibels surrounding the cage, but Ladd could be heard over all the noise, pairing her punishment with a piercing scream:
As usual, the undefeated prospect left an impression upon onlookers, and the value of her MMA stock continues to rise:
Filed under: News, UFCAt times it seemed like Andre Fili was battling two men: his actual opponent Artem Lobov, and Lobov’s friend and training partner Conor McGregor. Fortunately for Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), he was up to the task, battering Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) on the feet and halting his momentum with timely…
via UFC Fight Night 118 results: Andre Fili tops Artem Lobov, but all eyes on Conor McGregor — MMAjunkie
Filed under: News, UFC, VideosGDANSK, Poland – A TKO win in your UFC debut is no small feat, Aspen Ladd won’t spend too much time patting herself in the back. “The emotions are on top of the world but already in the back of my mind,” Ladd said following her at UFC Fight Night 118…
via UFC-Gdansk winner Aspen Ladd sees ‘a lot to get better at’ after TKO in octagon debut — MMAjunkie
Josh Emmett (12-1) reintroduced himself to the UFC’s audience at 145-pounds, and those following along on Twitter, over the course of the three-round affair, appeared eager for the Team Alpha Male standout’s return.
Facing Felipe Arantes (18-9), a crafty featherweight with ten visits to the Octagon, at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, Emmett turned his right hand loose once released from his corner:
All the power housed in the lightweight division transferred to his new home, which was detailed in the number of instances Arantes was sent tumbling to the canvas:
In a similar fashion as those who flocked to a fight card featuring Emmett in Northern California, MMA enthusiasts from every corner of the globe inched closer to the edge of their seat:
Though Emmett’s pace exited the red during the second frame, a late takedown secured the scorecards in his favor:
Emmett pressed the accelerator to the floorboards and closed the final five-minutes in his favor:
Not only was Emmett prepared to perform at his peak in Poland, the pro since 2011 had another destination in mind: UFC Fresno on December 9, 2017, which he shared during his post-fight interview. What did Twitter have to say?
Would you like to see Emmett only several hours from his Sacramento headquarters? Who would you like to see him matched against?