Andre Fili has spent the last three years of his professional MMA career in the UFC, but as of now, he's a free agent.
“I’m trying to get signed to the UFC right now,” Fili said on Stud Show Radio. “Usually, the UFC will fire you or renegotiate and pay you more money when you have one more fight left on your contract. It’s very rare that you finish your fights. I had one more fight left on my contract after the Yair fight — so it worked out well for me, because I was supposed to renegotiate coming off that f-cking loss, which would’ve sucked. I kind of slid under the radar. Because I took a fight a fight on three week’s notice, there wasn’t really time to renegotiate my contract. Then I finished my contract out beating Hacran, so now I’m trying to renegotiate my contract. But the UFC is going through a lot of changes and we haven’t had the time.”
While some fighters will test the market when becoming free agents, Fili claims that the only company he will compete for is the UFC.
“Not really entertaining offers from other companies. I want to be in the UFC,” he told Bloody Elbow.
The UFC will be returning to Sacramento in early 2017 for UFC 208. Fili believes that even if he does resign with the UFC, he will not be competing on the card that takes place at the home of Team Alpha Male.
“I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be on the Sac card, to be honest,” he said on the Team Alpha Male podcast. “I’m not going to lie. It’s in, like, five weeks. I’m not saying it’s not going to happen, but it’s probably not going to happen.”
Fili’s last bout in the UFC came at UFC Fight Night 96 in October of this year, where he defeated Hacran Dias by unanimous decision.