Even though the featherweight division has a new champion already moving up, there is tons to still be excited for. Two athletes that are setting the stage to be the next best fighters in the 145 weight class are Andre “Touchy” Fili and Yair Rodriguez. They will face off as apart of the stellar lineup already being created for UFC 197 that takes place on April 23rd.
Andre Fili (15-3) is 2-2 in his last four fights after going on a 10 fight win streak. Fili is a tough out and is one of the stronger fighters in the weight class. He is also one of the more well rounded athletes so he can be dangerous from anywhere.
Yair Rodriguez (6-1) is the former TUFLAM winner and is one of the most gifted and unorthodoxed strikers we have seen in some time. El Pantera is on a three fight win streak since if TUF debut and has fight fans excited to see his development. This is a bittersweet match up between two great young talents shouldn’t disappoint from the moment the cage is closed.
UFC 197 is headlined by Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones who will be squaring off for the light heavyweight title. The co main event will showcase Demetrious Johnson defending his flyweight title against Henry Cejudo. The card will be finalized soon and takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.