Kyler Phillips



Taking on Rojo in February
October 12, 2021
Phillips will take on Marcelo Rojo in a bantamweight bout at UFC 271 on Feb. 12, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
Phillips is hoping to bounce back following a majority decision loss back in July to Raulian Paiva. Prior to that, Phillips had lost just once in 10 career starts as a professional. Rojo will be coming off a loss as well back in March against Charles Jordain.
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Loses fight despite big first round
July 24, 2021
Phillips lost to Raulian Paiva via majority decision (28-29, 28-28, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Phillips did everything but carry Paiva out on a stretcher in Round 1, using his speed advantage to connect with several clean shots to Paiva's chin that had him searching for balance. Round 2 was a different story, however, as a clean shot that dropped Phillips left him panic wrestling to stay in the fight. While the first round almost certainly should have been scored 10-8 across the board, Phillips has only himself to blame for his eventual exhaustion, as he literally left his feet trying to connect with punches early. Phillips is no less the exciting prospect he was heading into this bout, but he needs to compose himself in order to get full use of his talents. He falls to 9-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
New opponent in July
June 27, 2021
Phillips will now take on Raulian Paiva in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for July 24 following the withdrawal of Raphael Assuncao, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
Phillips had been scheduled for a potential resume-building matchup against a well-respected Brazilian fighter in Assuncao, but he'll instead take on a former flyweight who was riding a two-fight winning streak before weight cutting issues scrapped a February bout. Phillips holds a three-inch reach advantages and is the better statistical striker -- especially on the defensive end -- over his 3-0 UFC run. Phillips has also recorded two or more takedowns in his last three fights, but Paiva sports a respectable 80 percent takedown defense. Still, look for Phillips to enter as the betting favorite as he looks to remain undefeated under the UFC banner.
Books matchup with Assuncao
April 27, 2021
Phillips (9-1-0) is scheduled to face Raphael Assuncao (27-8-0) in a bantamweight fight at the UFC's July 24 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Phillips will look to push his UFC record to 4-0 after he followed up his unanimous-decision victory over Gabriel Silva in his promotional debut in February 2020 with convincing wins over Cameron Else and Yadong Song. He'll be taking on a reeling fighter in Assuncao, a loser in his last three trips to the Octagon.
Remains undefeated in UFC
March 6, 2021
Phillips defeated Yadong Song via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Our exposure to Phillips has been limited, but he looks for all the world like a legitimate rising contender at bantamweight. Just 25 years old and possessing a unique combination of both power and a strong fight IQ, Phillips easily took the first two rounds on the judges scorecards before letting off the gas pedal just a bit in Round 3. While the third frame was by far his worst of the fight, Phillips secured the win with a big late takedown. In fact, he landed one successful takedown in each of the three rounds. Song represented a considerable step up in competition for Phillips, and the fact he emerged with a clear-cut victory is a very promising sign. There's a ton to work with here as Phillips attempts to make a jump in the rankings at 135 pounds.
Books March fight with Yadong Song
January 11, 2021
Phillips (8-1-0) is slated to face Yadong Song (16-4-1, 1 NC) in a bantamweight fight as part of the UFC's March 6 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Phillips most recently faced Cameron Else in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 3, defeating him via second-round TKO to claim his third consecutive win. Similarly, Yadong returns to the Octagon with some momentum, having reeled off five wins in his six bouts under the UFC banner.