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    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/1...ht-for-ufc-166

    HOUSTON – Missing weight never is going to go over well with the UFC brass, but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule.

    Such is the case for Team Alpha Male product Andre Fili, who on Friday missed weight for his UFC debut, a featherweight fight against Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166. But he still made a big impression with his boss.

    Flii came in at 148.5 pounds, already having cut all he could. Although he was given two hours to get to 146, he elected to forfeit 20 percent of his purse – taking a hit out of the bump in paydays he could expect after moving up from competing for smaller promotions.

    But under the circumstances, Fili (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may have come off as something of a hero just for taking the fight against Larsen (8-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC), let alone getting close to making the weight. Fili won with a TKO 53 seconds into the second round on Saturday's prelims, which took place at Toyota Center in Houston. The Fili-Larsen fight streamed on MMAjunkie.com and Facebook ahead of prelims on FOX Sports 1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

    Fili took the fight on less than two weeks notice, stepping in for an injured Charles Oliveira. The fact of the matter is, he was training for a different fight – at welterweight. Fili said he was at 178 pounds when he got the call from the UFC, meaning he cut nearly 30 pounds just to get close to the featherweight limit.

    After Saturday's event, UFC President Dana White said, essentially, there will be no hard feelings for Fili missing weight.

    "He was like, 'I'll never miss weight again,'" White told a small group of reporters following the post-event news conference for UFC 166. "I'm like, 'We respect you taking this fight.' The kid was fighting in another show at a higher weight class – a much-higher weight class – and came in and cut all this weight to come into this fight tonight."
    White also dismissed the line of thinking that Fili may have been at an advantage because he didn't have to get down to the featherweight limit, and Larsen did.

    "He looked awesome," White said. "When you get into a situation like that, and you're like, 'Wow, well this kid was able to come in at this weight' – well he loses a piece of his purse, but he was actually at a bigger disadvantage in that fight because of all the weight he had to cut in such a short amount of time, and taking the fight on short notice. So I have a lot of respect for guys who do that."
    After the win, which was his ninth straight after wins for promotions like Tachi Palace Fights, Fili said missing weight backed him into the proverbial corner to make sure he got the win.
    "I had so much to prove today," Fili said. "I didn't want to be the kid that came in and messed up by missing weight, but I really wanted to make a statement. Next time, I'll be a lot more crisp. I hit him with a lot of harder shots, but he just kept coming at me. He is a super tough kid."
    As far as White is concerned, Fili proved enough and made more than one statement. He did enough to get a pass on the whole weight thing this time.

    "He said he'll never miss weight again. I told him, 'I respect what you did, kid. Don't worry about it.'"
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    That is fucking insane! 170 to 145? he was cutting to make 170 at the time? I'm sorry but Dana should have not even offered this fight at that weight, it goes to show how they really don't give a damn about the fighters and their health. "I'll let it slide this time"? Motherfuck you Dana, when this guy experiences heart problems and a shitload of other problems related to cutting that much weight are you going to pick up those tabs? Yeah it's the fighter's choice, but Dana and the UFC bares some responsibility too. You don't make the offer period. I'm sorry If I'm bashing Dana White, but that shit is just ridiculous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    So Dana offered him the fight?
    People still think Dana is the UFC matchmaker after all this time SMH.

    Irregardless of who offered him the fight, Fili could have declined. In the end it was Fili's fault to accept a fight at weight class that was soo beyond his reach on short notice, that he probably did a bit of damage to his kidneys in the process. He could have waited for another opportunity at LW, or WW. I wonder if Joe Silva or Sean Shelby even knew he was cutting to WW when he was offered.

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    I doubt it was Dana that offered the fight to this unknown fighter on 2 weeks notice. More likely it was Joe Silva or the other guy... that being said, it's the fighter that says yes or no to a fight. Most likely the other fight he was cutting for was not the UFC.

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    Yeah because the UFC is really understanding of guys who turn down fights.....I'm still of the opinion it should never have been offered. By Dana, Joe, or anyone. Once they learned what he weighed, they should have moved on to someone lighter who could make the weight. You can't just dangle a dream in front of a fighter's face like that, yes he could have said "no thank you" and waited another 2 or 3 years to get into the UFC by which point who knows what could happen either in or out of the cage. At some point the UFC has got to see these weight cuts as a serious problem for their fighters. Unfortunately this just shows that they are not likely to adopt that attitude anytime soon.
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    He was schedules for a fight at 170 but he is not a welterweight fighter. He primarily fights at 145 pounds. For whatever reason he decided to take a fight at 170, probably for a pay check and more experience.

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