Kyler Phillips


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.
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Comes through as heavy favorite
October 3, 2020
Phillips defeated Cameron Else via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Phillips dialed in on the lead leg of Else early, slipping away from any return fire from Else. He missed with a few theatric flying attacks, but it was clear early who the more complete striker was. Phillips proceeded to record a takedown around three-minute mark, and while Else kept him off with upkicks for a bit, Phillips eventually got to a dominant position on the ground. Phillips proceeded to take his back and pour on heavy shots, nearly finishing the fight before the bell rang. In Round 2, Phillips secured a body lock takedown with ease, again taking the back of his opponent. Else wasn't ready for another four minutes of punishment, so he curled up and Phillips attacked. It didn't take long before the referee stepped in, confirming the dominant victory for Phillips. The 25-year-old is now 8-1 as a professional and will likely see some better competition his next time out. "The Matrix" entered this bout as high as a (-400) betting favorite. He'll also walk away with an extra $50,000 for his efforts here after being awarded one of four Performance of the Night bonuses.
New opponent for Oct. 3
September 28, 2020
Phillips now will take on UFC newcomer Cameron Else in a bantamweight matchup at the event scheduled for Oct. 3 on Fight Island, Nolan King of reports.
Phillips was originally slated for a matchup against Danaa Batgerel, who was forced to withdraw just over a week before the scheduled event due to unspecified reasons. Phillips now enters as approximately a (-425) betting favorite against a former Bellator combatant who has racked up six wins in a row in various other promotions. An alum of both Dana White's contender series (2017) and The Ultimate Fighter (2018), Phillips won his UFC debut in February against Gabriel Silva.
Searching for new opponent
September 15, 2020
Phillips is in search of a new opponent after Danaa Batgerel was forced to withdraw from their bantamweight matchup at the UFC's October 3 event in Abu Dhabi, Jason Floyd of The MMA Report reports.
Phillips announced on a podcast Tuesday that Batgerel would be unable to travel to Fight Island for the bout, though the specifics of the situation remain unclear. Phillips is hoping to find a new opponent for that card, but he also indicated he's open to picking up a bout in the preceding or following weeks.
Returning at Fight Island
September 8, 2020
Phillips will take on Danaa Batgerel at the UFC event October 3, reports.
This fight is expected to take place in the UFC's return to "Fight Island" and will be at bantamweight. Phillips won in his promotional debut back in February with a unanimous decision over Gabriel Silva.
Strong showing in company debut
February 29, 2020
Phillips defeated Gabriel Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
The competition level was lousy but Phillips looked excellent in his company debut. Recognizing Silva struggled to defend the takedown in his first fight against Ray Borg, he shot six times against the Brazilian. Only two of them landed, but that combined with a significant positional advantage was more than enough for Phillips to earn an easy win in his debut. He ended the fight with a 112-43 edge in total strikes landed, and the bout itself was awarded Fight of the Night honors. It will be interesting to see how the 24-year-old product of the MMA Lab in Arizona will look against a better opponent his next time out.