Andre Fili has come out on the wrong end of some nail-biting decisions lately.
He had to suffer through another gut check on Saturday night but this time Fili got the nod with a split decision win over Charles Jourdain in a back-and-forth battle over three rounds at UFC on ESPN 10.
Two judges ultimately scored the fight 29-28 for Fili with the third official giving a 29-28 card to Jourdain. Still it was enough for Fili to secure the victory while moving to 3-1 in his past four fights.
“It’s act and react when you’re in there and that’s what I was doing,” Fili said about his win.
“I really feel like I didn’t perform as good as I could have but I’m my biggest critic. He hits hard but I’m Samoan.“
The kicks were flying fast and furiously with Jourdain going to the body and Fili targeting the head as the featherweights were both throwing with bad intentions. Without a crowd in attendance, the thudding shots landed were reverberating throughout the UFC APEX.
While the kicks were working, Jourdain landed his best punch in the opening round when he clubbed Fili with a left hand that put the Team Alpha Male fighter down to the ground. Fili was able to recover rather quickly, get back to his feet and go on the attack again almost immediately.
Fili got more aggressive as the fight move forward while stalking Jourdain across the octagon while still staying technical with his kickboxing. Jourdain was still connecting with the kicks to the body but he wasn’t able to connect with as much regularity while fighting off his back foot.
The output from Fili combined with several takedowns really shifted the momentum in his favor as he kept Jourdain guessing and largely prevented him from finding any kind of rhythm. It seems that constant activity from Fili helped him earn the victory as he picks up another crucial win at 145 pounds.
Fili now moves forward with hopes that a ranked opponent might be standing across from him when he books his next fight in the UFC.
“I’m just getting started,” Fili said. “I’m still getting better. It’s time for people to really see me as an elite fighter. I want a big name next.”