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SBG Ireland Knockout Artist To Debut At UFC Denver In January

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John Phillips’ tireless social media campaign has apparently paid dividends, as the Dublin-based Welshman has signed with the UFC.

The 31-year-old had been hounding UFC president Dana White and the promotion’s matchmakers on Twitter in recent weeks, tagging them in a variety of humorous posts, from pictures to videos.

On Wednesday, he took to Twitter once again, this time to confirm that he had received the long-awaited phone call.

Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate were first to report the news, on Tuesday.

Phillips (21-6) will make his promotional debut against Brazil’s Marcos Rogerio de Lima (14-4-1) on January 28th at UFC on Fox 23 in Denver, Colorado.

It’s interesting to note, however, that he will do so at light-heavyweight and not middleweight, where he has competed for most of his career.

Uncertainty over Phillips’ ability to make 185lbs had been seen by many as a possible barrier to his entry into the UFC. Back in September, he missed weight by some 13 pounds ahead of a scheduled BAMMA middleweight title defence against Andy DeVent in Dublin. Two weeks later he stopped Otavio Lacerda in the first round at Budo Fighting Championships 16. That bout took place at a catchweight of 198lbs.

Judging by the fact that he says, “I’m fighting at light-heavyweight first” in the above video, though, Phillips may be planning a return to middleweight after the De Lima fight.

Phillips is currently riding a 4-fight winning-streak, with all 4 of those wins coming by way of KO/TKO. Finishing fights is something that he has been good at his entire career. In fact, the SBG Ireland fighter has never won a bout via decision. 18 of his 21 victories have come by KO/TKO and the other 3 have ended by submission.

‘The White Tyson’, or the ‘Welsh Wrecking Machine’ as he is also known, is obviously an exciting addition to the UFC roster.

Like Phillips, De Lima is a powerful striker. ‘Pezão’ has scored 10 of his 14 wins via KO/TKO. He has, however, lost 2 of his last 3 bouts, both via submission.

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