A 21-second knockout loss to Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 167 brought along some hard lessons for previously unbeaten Andre Fialho.
Fialho learned, for instance, that he “wasn’t made of iron.” He learned that, unlike what he’d once thought, he wasn’t invincible. He learned that his hands weren’t going to land and get the job done every time.
“I was overconfident,” Fialho told MMAjunkie. “I wasn’t afraid of what others could do.”
It was an important loss for Fialho. And seven months later, at Bellator 181, he had a chance to show he’d learned.
Judging by the fact he came out on the winning end, beating A.J. Matthews via split decision, one could think that’s just what he did. But the reality isn’t that simple.
Official outcome aside, Fialho was “embarrassed” by his display. He admits he underestimated Matthews – who hadn’t won a fight in almost two years. He was upset that he’d been given an opponent that he felt so superior to. And he’d later find out that, for all his first pro loss taught him, there was still a long way to go.