As reported by MMA Junkie, a featherweight contest between Bryce Mitchell and Andre “Touchy” Fili is in the works for UFC Fight Night 182 on October 31. This pairing appears to be a mutually beneficial one, as Bryce Mitchell gets a stiff test against a proven UFC vet and Andre Fili gets an opportunity to enter the top 15 with a victory over a ranked opponent.
Bryce Mitchell has been very impressive in his 13-0 MMA career thus far, including going 4-0 in the UFC. Mitchell is one of the brightest prospects in the featherweight division, and he showcased that in his most recent victory over Charles Rosa in what was a one-sided stomping. Mitchell will now look to transition from one veteran to another when facing Andre Fili.
Andre Fili has seven years and 15 UFC fights under his belt, and he will surely be looking to use his experience edge over the 25-year-old Mitchell to his advantage. The winner of three of his last four fights, Andre Fili is getting closer to reaching the potential he has long proclaimed to exist. Still only 30 years old, Andre Fili still has plenty of time to realize his vision of being one of the greats, which begins with cracking the rankings. A win over #15 Bryce Mitchell should achieve just that.
With the addition of this featherweight bout, the current UFC Fight Night 182 lineup now consists of:
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall
Bryce Mitchell vs. Andre Fili
Greg Hardy vs. Maurice Greene
Sean Strickland vs. Wellington Turman
Cortney Casey vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Dustin Jacoby vs. Justin Ledet
Raulian Paiva vs. Amir Albazi
Adrian Yanez vs. Aaron Phillips
Will Bryce Mitchell remain undefeated at UFC Fight Night 182 or will Andre Fili enter the featherweight rankings with the win?