Andre Fili withdraws from UFC Vegas 70 after undergoing emergency eye surgery
Andre Fili will not be fighting at UFC Vegas 70.
Fili was set to return against Lucas Almeida at UFC Vegas 70 on February 25. However, he took to social media to announce he will not be fighting on the card after having to underdog emergency eye surgery.
Andre Fili is out of his scheduled fight against Lucas Almeida at #UFCVegas70 on February 25th.
Speedy recovery to Fili 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KueV43mqFB
— Marcel Dorff 🇳🇱🇮🇩 (@BigMarcel24) February 7, 2023
“Started losing vision in my right eye,” Fili wrote. “Had emergency surgery and got it fixed. I’m very grateful. Love you all. Thanks for checking in on me. I’m sorry I can’t put on a show for you guys Feb 25th, but I will be fighting later this year and I will be World Champion. They can never break us. O & U.”
Andre Fili (22-9) returned to the win column last time out with a split decision win over Bill Algeo after being on a three-fight winless streak. Before the loss to Algeo, he suffered a first-round TKO over Joanderson Brito, had a No Contest against Daniel Pineda due to an accidental eye poke, and a decision loss to Bryce Mitchell.
Fili is 10-8 and one No Contest in the UFC and has been in the promotion since 2013. In his UFC career, he holds notable wins over Artem Lobov, Myles Jury, Sheymon Moraes, and Charles Jourdain.
Lucas Almeida (14-1) is on a two-fight winning streak and won his UFC debut last June as he scored a third-round TKO over Mike Trizano. The Brazilian did compete in the Contender Series when he lost a decision to Daniel Zellhuber and then picked up a win at Jungle Fight 103 to get a UFC deal.
With Fili vs. Almeida off, UFC Vegas 70 is now as follows:
- Nikita Krylov vs. Ryan Spann
- Tatiana Suarez vs. Montana De La Rosa
- Jordan Leavitt vs. Victor Martinez
- Hailey Cowan vs. Ailin Perez
- Ode Osbourne vs. Denys Bondar
- Erick Gonzalez vs. Darrius Flowers
- Augusto Sakai vs. Don’Tale Mayes
- Andre Muniz vs. Brendan Allen
- Mike Malott vs. Yohan Lainesse
- Lucas Almeida vs. TBD
- Jose Johnson vs. Garrett Armfield
- Alex Reyes vs. Trevor Peek
- Nurullo Aliev vs. Rafael Alves
- Gabriella Fernades vs. Jasmine
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime