Kyler Phillips


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.
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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.
Making UFC debut
December 30, 2019
Phillips will face Gabriel Silva in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, Jami Frankenberry of The Virginian-Pilot reports.
Phillips was initially scheduled to make his UFC debut in March, but he was removed from the card and will finally make his debut nearly a year later. Silva debuted with the promotion in July, losing to Ray Borg via unanimous decision at UFC San Antonio in a fight where Silva was able to showcase his striking abilities, but he was unable to control Borg's takedown attempts. Phillips has an excellent striking rate, but he has failed to exhibit much promise with takedowns in the past. Phillips carries a slight height advantage.
UFC debut coming in Philadelphia
March 13, 2019
Phillips (6-1-0) will make his UFC debut March 30 at UFC Philadelphia, Matt Mullin of reports. He'll face Ray Borg (11-3-0) in a bantamweight fight.
Phillips was most recently featured on The Ultimate Fighter 27, with the 23-year-old losing to Brad Katona in the first round of that season's tournament. He was added to the UFC Philadelphia card as a replacement for Liu Pingyuan, who was forced to withdraw due to injury.