|FILI (YELLOW) LANDING A RIGHT|
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"I want to say thank you to Ricky for being such a rad dude," Fili told J. Waugh (SR). "I didn't know a lot about him but everyone I talked to said he hit hard."
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Andre "The Fury" Fili took on Ricky Wallace in a battle of Hawaiian blood on the Tachi Palace 14 'Validation' card that aired live online to a large MMA fan base. Wallace was finally back in the cage after a lay off due to medical issues. He was in high spirits backstage as he warmed up for the fight to come.
"It feels great," Wallace told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "Coming off ACL surgery. Very excited to get back in there and it's a privilege to fight for Tachi Palace . . . (Fili) looks like a well rounded fighter. He has really good cardio. I got really good cardio too. So expect fireworks coming up in this fight."
|FILI (RIGHT) LANDING AN EARLY SHOT.|
"I want to say thank you to Ricky for being such a rad dude," Fili told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I didn't know a lot about him but everyone I talked to said he hit hard . . . He hit me with a couple body kicks that didn't feel good either. He was just a tough, tough guy. Great Guy."
Wallace landed hard punches that connected, causing Fili to use his well rounded skills to take Wallace to the mat three different times in the round. Fili also landed a series of powerful knees that dazed Wallace in a flurry against the cage. The opportunity for Fili to finish the fight in the first round may have happened had the bell came just a few seconds later.
"I want people to see I can do all these things," Fili told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "So it was nice to land clean shots and get the take down. . . With a guy like Ricky especially. If you don't hurt him now he's going to hurt you later. So if you can get in three or four knees as hard and as fast as you can, do it. Don't land one."
|FILI (TOP) LANDING A RIGHT HAND.|
"I worked really hard. I sacrificed a lot for this," Fili told J. Waugh (www.srmma.com). "I sacrificed a lot of time and fun things to be able to get ready for this fight. It just feels good. I'm going to make up for lost time and just go party."
Fili is the first fighter to beat Wallace since his last lost in 2008, and has extended his own streak of finishing fights to three consecutive. Tachi Palace Fights has been a top quality venue for MMA in the California region. The UFC has drawn many of their signings directly from positive results at the Tachi Palace events, and such a fast-paced fight with a definitive finish could be the ticket to the UFC for the "The Fury".
|ANDRE FILI (CENTER) WITH TEAM MATES,|
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