UFC booking Raphael Assuncao – Kyler Phillips

The UFC has finalized a fun bantamweight matchup. Kyler Phillips (9-1) took to his Instagram to announce that the promotion had finalized a matchup between himself and top contender Raphael Assuncao (27-8).

The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on July 24th. For Kyler Phillips, he will be looking to pick up his fifth consecutive win overall and his fourth inside the octagon.

Phillips made his debut with the UFC back in February of last year when he took on Gabriel Silva. After winning that matchup, Phillips went on to stop Cameron Else before taking on the tough Song Yadong at UFC 259.

Phillips was able to defeat Yadong by unanimous decision. The victory put Phillips at fourteenth in the UFC‘s bantamweight rankings. The 25 year old fighting out of the MMA Lab in Phoenix has an incredible amount of potential.

This is going to be a big step up for Phillips and we will get to see where he is in his development. If he’s able to defeat a top UFC contender like Assuncao, he might only be a couple of wins away after that from challenging for the title.

UFC last chance for Assuncao?

If you want to find underrated and under the radar fighters in the UFC, look no further than Raphael Assuncao. Assuncao started with the WEC back in 2009 and transitioned to the UFC when the promotion added the smaller weight classes.

Since then, Assuncao has been one of the best in the world. He’s been a fixture inside the top five and ten, but he’s never quite gotten to a title shot. He’s come extremely close, but every time he got to a title eliminator he’s come up short.

Assuncao will enter this fight on a three-fight losing streak. Combine that with the fact that he’s getting ready to turn 39 and this could be Assuncao’s last chance in the UFC. A loss could send him to the chopping block.

During his run, Assuncao has some incredible wins. He’s defeated TJ Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling, Rob Font, and Pedro Munhoz during his run in the UFC. As mentioned, this is a big fight for both men. A win launches the career of Phillips while a win for Assuncao probably saves his.

UFC books Song Yadong – Kyler Phillips

The UFC has added another really solid matchup to one of the more stacked cards they’ve put together in recent memory. First reported by Bloody Canvas, Song Yadong (16-4-1, 1 NC) will be taking on Kyler Phillips (8-1).

The fight will take place on March 6th at UFC 259. Of course, that PPV card is already known for having three title fights including the light heavyweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz.

Because of the stacked nature of UFC 259, this fight is going to be one that flies under the radar. However, this bantamweight matchup is definitely one fans should keep their eyes on. It’ll likely be one of the main prelims that night.

Song Yadong is a bantamweight that has a lot of hype surrounding him. The Chinese born bantamweight contender is one of the top stars out of the famous Team Alpha Male led by Urijah Faber.

We haven’t seen Yadong fight since his fight with Chito Vera (16-7-1) that took place in May of 2020. Yadong walked away with the unanimous decision, however, many believed he shouldn’t have had his hand raised.

Nevertheless, it goes into the books as a victory. Since making his debut in 2017 with the UFC, Yadong has been sensational. He’s 5-0-1 and will enter the octagon on March 6th ranked 14th at Bantamweight.

UFC Bantamweight Battle

This is going to be a big step up for Kyler Phillips at UFC 259. Phillips was introduced to Dana White and the company brass back in 2017 when he won by first round TKO on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Despite the quick finish, Phillips had to fight two more times before joining the UFC. He made his debut in 2020 when he took on Gabriel Silva. He was able to win that fight by unanimous decision before taking on Cameron Else.

Phillips was able to score a second round TKO over Else on Fight Island back in October. After two good victories to start out his career with the UFC, the promotion is throwing him someone in the top fifteen.

This is going to be a very difficult matchup for Phillips, but getting an opponent of this caliber shows you what the promotion thinks of him. It’s a pivotal matchup for the two bantamweight prospects.