John Phillips will make his UFC debut against Brazilian mixed martial artist Marcos Rogerio de Lima in Denver, Colorado, on 28 January.
The 31-year-old is based in Dublin and is coached by John Kavanagh,
“I am pumped, and this fight is my toughest fight to date,”I want to prove what I am all about and I will take this light-heavy [weight division] apart and I will move to middle, my correct weight and start my campaign for the title,My plan is to make my way to the top. If I could get half as noticed as Conor [McGregor] and half as good I would be a happy man.I think I needed to come to Ireland to take my career to the next level.When you are away there are no distractions, no family, no friends and you train and rest and you have got no excuse bar to train.”I am always confident going into a fight and I want to keep racking up the stoppages.”
— John Phillips (@JohnPhillipsmma) December 21, 2016