Like bettors anticipating the boxing predictions tonight, UFC fans were undoubtedly searching about the match between Andre Fili and Lucas Almeida to get as much information as possible. However, following an emergency eye surgery, supporters were sad to find that Fili was forced to withdraw from the game after needing to undergo emergency surgery on his right eye.
The perennial action fighter, Fili, was booked to face Almeida in a UFC Vegas 70 card on the 25th of February, but unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned. The 32-year-old took to social media to share some sad news with his followers, revealing that after he began experiencing vision loss in his right eye, he had to make a quick decision on what to do next. Fortunately, not all hope was lost as doctors and surgeons were able to correct the problem with eye surgery.
To reassure fans that the surgery was successful, ‘Touchy’ Fili uploaded an image of him sitting on a couch with his pet on his lap while staring at the screen with a giant eye patch taped on his right eye. After posting this on his socials, he then went on to caption the image with a touching message reading, “Started losing vision in my right eye.
He then had emergency surgery and got it fixed. I’m very grateful. Love you all. Thanks for checking in on me. I’m sorry I can’t put on a show for you guys on the 25th of February, but I will be fighting later this year, and I will be World Champion. They can never break us. O & U.”
While many were quick to share their good wishes and encourage the longtime Team Alpha Male product to take the time he needs so he can have a speedy recovery, this was certainly an unfortunate turn of events for the UFC player.
After recently getting through a split decision match that he had with Bill Algeo last November in a three-fight winless slump, everyone was sure Fili was likely looking to redeem himself and bring back his momentum after facing Almeida towards the end of this month.
Some fans weren’t shy to ask what caused the eye injury and when he’d likely be back to being scheduled again; however, Fili hasn’t revealed what exactly caused the injury or how long his eye rehabilitation journey would take. This means supporters may need to be a little patient in hearing news of having Fili back in the Octagon.
As we all await the good news, we can only hope that he has a smooth recovery journey so that he can return to his passion. It goes without saying that eye surgeries are certainly no joke, and in addition to being in the sports profession that he’s in, injuries like these could have a negative impact on the quality of life the career-ender will have.
Those who have followed UFC sports may be aware of the time Michael Bisping succeeded at winning the belt with just one eye, but cases like these are an exception and not necessarily the rule. Still, many supporters continue to vouch for the player, believing that he’ll be able to bounce back from experience and return to things with ease.
This follows a highly reputable journey of continuously proving himself to be a tough player who doesn’t back down easily.
Professional players like Fili are a true example of what it means to put your needs first. Many should see this as a positive message to many passionate professionals who sometimes go to extreme lengths to prove themselves, even at their expense.
So, regardless of the pressures and expectations that come with filling certain shoes, when the time comes for you to put your needs first, it’s always important to choose yourself in every instance because, at the end of the day, other opportunities will still come and by taking care of yourself, you can always be your best self in each instance.