By design, a superhero will save the day from an evil villain. We see it in movies, in books, in video games. Whenever there is an epic story to tell, it will almost always involve the classic struggle of power between good and evil.

In mixed martial arts, there are hardly heroes and villains. Everybody has their favorite fighters and fighters they are not so keen on. To a degree, that parallels the ideals behind heroes and villains, but there is hardly someone out there trying to “save the day.” Unless, of course, you ask Dylan “The Villain” Andrews. He will tell you a different story following what happened in front of a worldwide audience during the UFC 164 preliminary bouts.

“I’d never been called out before [laughs]. At first, I kinda smiled, and then I thought about it a little and it really pissed me off,” Andrews revealed in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “There [Cedenblad] was, acting like some kind of crusader or superhero or something, like he has to save Sweden from the big bad villain.

“There was nothing bad between me and Papy [Abedi], so I didn’t really understand why he did it. To be honest, I’m looking at the bigger picture, and I was kinda looking forward and not back. Whatever happens and whoever the UFC want me to fight, I will fight them, but I wanna fight someone that’s a bigger name.”

In his UFC Fight Night 27 bout with Abedi, Andrews suffered an injury that stopped him from performing at his best. He knew as soon as the fight was over that he could have done better. Whilst he did get the job done, he admittedly didn’t win any new fans with the performance.

“I tore my AC[L] in the first round, and it was really causing me some issues,” he explained. “The adrenalin wasn’t really masking the pain and I just had to have my poker face on for the whole fight. It wasn’t that good, but I know I just had to find a way to win. I’m still recovering now, and I can’t really train properly. I am just focusing on resting and staying fit until I can train properly again.

“It was disappointing, you know, to put that kind of show on, but I still won and I came out of it knowing that I can do better, and that’s what I am looking toward.”

Making his second official appearance in the UFC would seemingly mean that the infamous Octagon jitters would have well and truly subsided for Andrews. After going through The Ultimate Fighter series and making a successful debut, however, it still felt different to the New Zealand native, and a win was just what he needed to calm his nerves.

“There was a lot of relief,” he admitted. “I still thought that there was a lot of pressure for me to win. I thought there was more on this one than my actual debut. I think that when I fought someone from the show people didn’t give me a lot of a respect for my win, so beating someone who had been in the UFC for a while, that’s what I needed to have people see what I can really do.”

Andrews’ win means that he is now riding a six-fight winning streak. Winning fights is important, but the way that the win goes down is something that Andrews focuses on a little more. His two appearances for the UFC have both been stoppage victories, and in his eyes the stoppages are only going to keep on coming.

“The winning streak is good, but I know I need to go in there and finish people,” he admitted. “I wanna go in there and keep winning, but I’m not happy just winning. I want to finish guys and I wanna show that I am the best. It’s all good to fight a fight and have someone else decide who won it. I want there to be no doubt when my hand is raised. I’m not happy just being in the UFC. I want to finish fights and be in fights that people are gonna remember.”

With the UFC returning to Australia in Dec. 7 for an event that takes place in Brisbane, Queensland, there is no doubt that should he be healthy enough, Andrews will find himself booked to fight in his home state. “The Villain” doesn’t plan to put on a performance like his last one. There will be no superhero out there that will be able to thwart his success inside the cage as he continues to press forward and show the world that sometimes the villain is the one that can save the day.

Dylan would like to thank Advanced Fight Gear, Nutrition Warehouse, Notorious Cuts and Big Red Concrete Cutting. Follow Dylan on Twitter: @dylanthevillian

Photo: Dylan Andrews (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.