Oct 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jeremy Larsen (red gloves) fights against Andre Fili (blue gloves) in their catchweight bout during UFC 166 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
Written by Josh Morgan, MMAJunkie.com
HOUSTON - Welcome a new Alpha Male to the octagon.
Andre Fili, who trains with a bevy of UFC standouts at Team Alpha Male, made an impressive octagon debut with a second-round TKO of Jeremy Larsen.
The catchweight bout (Fili missed the featherweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of today's UFC 166 event at Toyota Center in Houston. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FOX Sports 1 and the pay-per-view main card.
Fili immediately established dominance in the cage by outstriking Larsen in a series of hard-swinging exchanges. Larsen tried to slow the action down through the clinch, but found no reprieve as Fili landed a series of knees that opened multiple cuts on his head.
With both the cageside doctor and referee looking on closely, Larsen briefly took the action down but could not even the score. He scarcely had a chance to get a takedown in the second before Fili landed a combination that sent him reeling to the cage and forced referee intervention at the 0:53 mark of the second round.
Fili (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improves his current winning streak to eight, while Larsen (8-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) remains winless in the octagon and likely faces a pink slip.