John Phillips
The Welsh Wrecking Machine


Not competitive in Abu Dhabi
July 15, 2020
Phillips lost to Khamzat Chimaev via submission (D'Arce Choke) at 1:12 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Phillips is probably wishing he went up against his originally scheduled opponent -- Dusko Todorovic -- right about now. Instead, he got the wrecking ball that is Chimaev. Known as a pure brawler, Phillips was hopelessly overmatched against the well-rounded Chimaev. He did his best to hang around, but this fight was effectively over before the opening bell rang. The toughness of Phillips is admirable, but he is now 1-4 in the UFC and has been stopped in three of those four losses.
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Getting new opponent
July 8, 2020
Phillips will now face Khamzat Chimaev at the UFC event on July 15 at Yas Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The Phillips-Todorovic match will have to be put on hold yet again after Todorovic was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed reason. This will be Phillips' first time in the octagon since September of 2019 when he defeated Allen Amedovski.
Bout with Todorovic rebooked in July
June 22, 2020
Phillips (22-9-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Dusko Todorovic (9-0-0) in a middleweight fight July 15 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The Phillips-Todorovic matchup has now been booked for a third time after the bout was cancelled at two different venues back in March on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phillips will be returning to the Octagon for the first time since September 2019, when he defeated Alen Amedovski via first-round knockout at UFC Copenhagen.
No longer fighting in Cage Warriors 113
March 18, 2020
Phillips' (22-9-0, 1 NC) scheduled middleweight fight Friday with Dusko Todorovic (9-0-0) at Cage Warriors 113 has been cancelled, Simon Head of USA Today reports.
The Phillips-Todorovic fight was a late addition to the Cage Warriors 113 card after the two were previously scheduled to face off in the UFC London event that has since been cancelled. Though Cage Warriors 113 will still be held after moving from London to Manchester, travel restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak will prevent Phillips and Todorovic from taking part.
Facing Todorovic in Cage Warriors fight
March 16, 2020
Phillips (22-9-0, 1 NC), who had previously been scheduled to fight Dusko Todorovic (9-0-0) on Saturday at UFC London, will instead face the Serbian as part of the Cage Warriors promotion Friday, Simon Head of USA Today reports.
The UFC cancelled its event in London due to concerns about the coronavirus, but Cage Warriors 113 will still be held in the city this weekend, though as a closed-doors event in advance of the United Kingdom's expected banishment of mass gatherings. Since Phillips and Todorovic were already en route to London before the UFC event's cancellation, the two fighters received clearance to join the Cage Warriors promotion in what looks to be a one-time arrangement.
Not competing in London
March 15, 2020
Phillips will no longer face Dusko Todorovic on Saturday following the relocation of UFC London, reports.
The UFC will be relocating the weekend's event, per an official statement, which leaves fighters like Phillips unable to secure travel plans on short notice, especially given the recently-imposed restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. The announcement was also confirmed by SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh via his personal Twitter account. It's unclear if this matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.