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Midnight Mania! Andre Fili vs. Bryce Mitchell booked for UFC’s first Halloween event

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

UFC is making up for lost time. August isn’t over yet, but the promotion already has events booked every Saturday through December 12! That’s an unprecedentedly busy schedule (pray for me y’all), and as a result, UFC will hold its first-ever event on Halloween night. Currently, the main event is scheduled as Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall, but the card is coming together.

Earlier today, MMAJunkie confirmed that UFC was targeting a Featherweight match up between top prospect Bryce Mitchell (13-0) and veteran talent Andre Fili (21-7).

A product of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Mitchell is one of the most exciting up-and-coming Featherweights on the roster. He’s largely dominated his previous opponents on the mat, running through their defenses with a wide array of jiu-jitsu technique. He even pulled off a twister!

Still, “Touchy” Fili will stand as a significant step up in competition for “Thug Nasty.” Fili has been fighting the upper echelon of the Featherweight division for years now, and he’s been finding more consistent success as of late, winning three of his last four bouts.

Who ya’ got?

Insomnia

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Random Land

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Dream team! No risk no reward

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Midnight Music: The Allman Brothers Band could jam.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.