Andre Fili had all of one fight in the UFC on his resume as he walked to the octagon inside Baltimore Arena on Saturday night for UFC 172.
Still, the featherweight from Team Alpha Male carried plenty of star potential with him into a bout against Max Holloway, a seven-fight veteran of the UFC.
And using a series of strikes followed by a guillotine choke, it was Holloway who emerged victorious over Fili. The stoppage came at the 3:39 mark of the third round.
"I felt like he was up on the cards and I needed a finish," said Holloway (9-3).
Holloway set up the submission by connecting on several solid strikes that affected Fili (13-2). Fili then ducked down and attempted a single-leg takedown to avoid taking more damage and to recover from the previous strikes. Holloway quickly moved in with the guillotine choke attempt and earned the submission.
"We've been working that since my [Dennis] Bermudez fight," Holloway said. "I didn't get to use it against Bermudez, so I had to catch someone, and fortunately, it was Fili."