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We have a scrap in the Featherweight division, as Andre Fili takes on Bill Algeo. Having fallen on rough times of late, going 1-4 with one no contest in the past six fights, the former young upstart in Fili is in grave danger of seeing his UFC tenure end after nine years. In other words, this is a important fight for Fili. Meanwhile, Algeo is beginning to create some buzz around him. Having been involved in several crazy fights, Algeo is finally beginning to turn them into wins. Entering his biggest fight to date, should Algeo pick up his third straight win, he could be in store for a ranked foe next.

With both fighters headed in opposite directions, it’s tough to gauge how much Fili has left in the tank. Which is weird saying, given he’s only thirty-two years old. However, in this nightmare tailspin and having been knocked out in 41-seconds in his most recent fight, it’s plausible to believe that the punishment endured in thirty professional fights may be catching up to Fili. While Algeo isn’t known for power like Fili’s last opponent Joanderson Brito, he’s well rounded and is a workhorse. Being a BJJ black belt and having a collegiate wrestling background, Algeo is very adept on the ground. Even with his iffy takedown defense, Algeo has often done an excellent job reversing position. Backed by solid cardio, Algeo puts forth a hard pace over the course of fifteen minutes. No slouch on the feet either, Algeo not only throws with high output, but has some serious kickboxing skills. In brief, he’s a problem. Especially for Fili in this matchup. So with that said, I predict Algeo to win via decision.

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