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On the heels of the first loss of his pro career, Andre Fialho has had more than seven months to figure out what went wrong.

On Friday, he’ll get to find out if what he’s learned since then has paid off. Fialho (7-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) meets A.J. Matthews (8-6 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) in a welterweight bout at Bellator 181, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

“My last fight was a learning experience in every aspect – technical and psychological,” Fialho told MMAjunkie. “I had been making a lot of mistakes, not just in training but in my mindset. I learned a lot from that. I’m a different athlete now. I’m more mature now.”

Chidi Njokuani vs. Andre Fialho

Fialho started his career a perfect 7-0 before he ran into Chidi Njokuani this past December at Bellator 167. Njokuani knocked Fialho out in 21 seconds (check out the highlights from that fight in the video above).

Fialho, naturally, would love another shot at Njokuani.

“I’ll just keep training and showing what I’m capable inside the cage,” he said. “Of course, I’d like a rematch against Chidi. For now, I’ll take it one fight at a time. I hope to fight three times this year.”

Three times in 2017 will mean a busy schedule the second half of the calendar year. But it will have to start with Matthews, who has lost three straight.

But despite Matthews’ recent slump – it’s been nearly two years since he won a fight – Fialho isn’t taking him lightly.

“A.J. Matthews is a good fighter,” he said. “I’ll face him as if he’s the best fighter in the world, and I’ll prove that I’m even better. I didn’t really study him too much. I just want to enjoy myself in the fight, and show what I’m really capable of. I haven’t yet shown that in my fights. My outlook is different now.”

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Source: MMA Junkie