The first bout of the UFC 172 PPV broadcast was a spirited affair between two young featherweights, which saw the more experienced Max Holloway score an impressive victory, via guillotine choke submission, over up-and-comer Andre Fili.
Holloway, of Waianae, Hawaii, found himself on his back heel to begin. Fili, born in Washington State but fighting out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, was the busier of the two with his combination strikes — and also found success with takedowns– en route to winning the first stanza. But Holloway battled back, stunning Fili with a spinning back kick to the body early in round two, and finding the choke in the third, after a combination of elbows and punches in round three.
The finish was the second latest victory in the history of the UFC featherweight division. It was Holloway’s eighth Octagon appearance, and improved his record to 9-3. Fili falls to 13-2, with this loss halting a nine-fight winning streak.
At UFC 172, Max Holloway defeats Andre Fili by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:39 of round three.