Andre Fili had the best moment of his UFC career to date at UFC Sacramento — as the hometown kid knocked out Sheymon Moraes in round one.
Andre Fili and Sheymon Moraes headed into UFC Sacramento on different paths. Andre Fili had won three of his last four bouts coming into the card, his single loss being a controversial split decision to Michael Johnson last August. However, his wins were all over notable names in Artem Lobov, Dennis Bermudez, and Myles Jury. That win over Jury was in February and put him on the brink of busting into the top-15.
Sheymon Moraes, on the other hand, had gone 2-2 in his last four. Moraes was coming off a loss to Sodiq Yusuff in March at UFC Philadelphia. However, prior to that loss, he was riding a two-fight winning streak over Julio Arce and Matt Sayles. He notably lost to Zabit Magomedsharipov via Anaconda choke in November of 2017 in his UFC debut.
The crowd was going wild for hometown kid Andre Fili during the introductions, and that intensity would continue into the fight. Moraes was hitting Fili with some excellent leg kicks, and landing his jab with ease. Fili connected with some kicks to the body through the first as well. However Fili would soon land a punch, then a head kick that dropped Moraes. Moraes would get back to his feet, where Fili would be patient. He would then land a perfect right hand that dropped Moraes again! Fili would swarm the Brazilian with punches and that was it.
— UFC (@ufc) July 13, 2019
Andre Fili has been in the UFC since 2013, however, he is just starting to hit his stride. This win should give him a spot in the top 15.
Andre Fili def. Sheymon Moraes by knockout, Round 1, 3:07