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"Mentally ready, physically ready, weights on point and I've done everything right," Fili told J. Waugh (SR). "So whether I'm fighting Ricky Wallace or Chris Saunders, I'm going to be ready and it's going to be a great fight."
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Andre "The Fury" Fili is set to take on Hawaiian sensation Ricky "Hoku" Wallace on September 7, at the Tachi Palace Fights (TPF) 14 event that will also be broadcast live for free on Sherdog.com. Wallace has fought on cards that have included Max Holloway (UFC FIGHTER), and is himself on an eight fight winning streak. Wallace hasn't lost since 2008 and has earned nine of his eleven wins by finishing his opponents. Fili has finished seven of his nine victories by stoppage, five of those wins have come by first round knock out. Fili is very happy to be involved with TPF, an organization that has fed the UFC (the largest MMA organization in the world) directly with top level fighters for quite some time.
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Fili is also the current West Coast Fighting Championship featherweight title holder, with his most recent victory over Jesse Bowen at the WFC 'SHOWDOWN' card earlier this year. Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) television show contestant Chris Saunders was the original opponent for Fili on the TPF 14 card, but an injury forced Saunders from the fight. Wallace was willing and able to step in as a replacement opponent for Fili, a change "The Fury" believes can't bother a top tier athlete if they are truly prepared to fight.
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Fili trains at a world renowned gym in the capital city of Sacramento, with (what many in the industry couldn't argue with as) some of the best fighting talent that can be found on the planet, Team Alpha Male. His training with athletes that are already at the top level of the sport he loves has Fili feeling that only a fighter with his own innovative techniques could offer a surprise in the cage come fight night.
"(At Team Alpha Male) I have guys that are top three in the world at every weight class," Fili told SR (www.srmma.com). "I just don't think that anyone is going to show me anything that I haven't seen. . . I'm getting my a** kicked everyday in practice so if you're not inventing something new then you're not going to surprise me."
Fili discussed that every fighting minute of the day has been Ricky Wallace for him since the match up was announced. He believes that Alpha Male has helped cultivate the tools he long needed to better focus himself on the task at hand, as well as the big picture and the ultimate goal.
"Whatever kind of kid I was before, I think in the last two years that I've been at Alpha Male I've just grown up a lot," Fili told SR (www.srmma.com). "I've just focused on what's important, being a world champion, getting into the UFC, doing the right things and having a little bit of fun with my friends while I'm at it."
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"What motivates me is my friends and family. They're everything to me," Fili told SR (www.srmma.com). "My mom works really hard. She was a single parent. . . (She) made sacrifices . . . my mom spent winters without jackets (in Seattle) to give us nice cloths and to have toys, and have Thanksgiving dinner, and to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and give us the best life she could. So that really stayed with me for a long time."
To watch Fili vs Wallace live, buy tickets at TachiPalace.com or check out Sherdog.com at 9 P.M (EST) on September 7. You can also follow our live tweets by following SR on twitter @SRMMAtweets and listen to Fili's full length interview on THE VERBAL SCRAP PODCAST live. The next episode is Monday, September 3rd at 7:15 PM, Listen Live on SRMMA.COM on the right sidebar and stay tuned for more TPF 14 coverage.
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