UFC Vegas 53: Joanderson Brito Downs Andre Fili by TKO in the First Round

Joanderson Brito and Andre Fili, UFC Vegas 53
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 30: (L-R) Joanderson Brito of Brazil punches Andre Fili in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Joanderson Brito, 0-1 in the UFC after winning on the Contender Series last August, was getting a serious step up in the form of Andre Fili at UFC Vegas 53.

The featherweight pairing featured on the Fight Night event’s main card, and saw Fili in action for the first time since an accidental eye poke against Daniel Pineda resulted in a No Contest last June.

In terms of the test in front of him, there was no question that Brito passed — with flying colors, frankly.

Joanderson Brito vs. Andre Fili opened up with a touch of the gloves to start the first round. It would be over less than a minute later. Brito and Fili both came out fast and furious off the opening bell, but it was the Brazilian Joanderson Brito that landed a jab and a devastating right hand, crumpling Andre Fili. He followed it up with some ground and pound to secure the victory early in the very first round, with the ref coming in to make the save as Fili was covering up.

After nearly a year out of action, it’s back to the drawing board for Andre “Touchy” Fili, who has been a mainstay of the featherweight division in recent years. For Joanderson Brito, meanwhile, he’s secured the biggest win of his young career in highlight reel fashion.

Official Result: Joanderson Brito def. Andre Fili by TKO, Round, 1 0:41