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Andre Fili Didn’t Pay Attention to Conor McGregor During Artem Lobov Fight

October 24, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Andre Fili

Andre Fili discussed his win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118 and Conor McGregor’s presence at the bout in a new interview with MMAjunkie. Highlights are below:

On Conor McGregor supporting Lobov during the bout: “I was aware of him, obviously. While Artem was walking out I saw him. We had our little pissing contest, our little staredown. I (expletive) started, he was talking (expletive), he was talking (expletive). We were kind of doing our thing. But I liked that. I thought it was cool. I think the fans thought it was cool. I think part of this sport is showmanship. Also, if it has to do with McGregor, people are going to be excited. I thrive off that (expletive). I (expletive) love confrontation. So him being there and him sort of – actually, it was cool.”

On McGregor using an anti-gay slur: “There’s no need to use words like that. You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger. Whenever you hear someone use that word or call someone a ‘bitch,’ that makes you look so insecure.”

On McGregor being present for the fight: “During the fight I didn’t notice him at all, to be honest. I was just focused on the fight. I didn’t notice he was circling around. When (Goddard) stopped me and Artem, when I was on top of him, I didn’t know why the (expletive) he was stopping. I didn’t even hear McGregor. I was just hearing my cornerman, and I was just trying to beat Artem up.”

On his performance: “The travel time was like over 20 hours with all the layovers added up. And I didn’t sleep more than a couple of hours each night because I was trying to get used to the time difference. So I really felt that in the third round. The third round didn’t go how I wanted. But I did what I needed to do to get the win. I felt the fight was still pretty exciting, all things considered.”