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JOHN PHILLIPS

AGE

33

RECORD

21-9-0 (1)

REACH

75”

HEIGHT

5”11"

WEIGHT

185LBS

STANCE

SOUTHPAW

CAMP

SBG IRELAND

HOMETOWN

SWANSEA, WALEES

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 147 – VS JACK MARSHMAN

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Phillips is in the southpaw stance. Marshman is in the orthodox stance. Phillips takes the center. Both fighters are throwing a lot of faints. Marshman is backing up and trying to read Phillips. Neither fighter is willing to pull the trigger. 1st min in, Phillips explodes with the power left hook and lands! He follows the attack with the clinch against the fence. Phillips is working for a takedown. Phillips separates from the clinch and continues with the pressure. Phillips is looking to land a left hand from the southpaw stance. Marshman is patient and still searching for his timing. Marshman explodes with the one-two combination and lands! Phillips is moving forward. Halfway in, Marshman is moving to his left. He level changes for a takedown, easily defended by Phillips. Phillips connects with the left to the body and follows with the hard right hook over the top! Marshman goes down!!! Phillips backs off and allows Marshman to stand up. Marshman goes high with the kick, blocked by Phillips. Marshman explodes and lands a nasty two punch combo! Phillips absorbs. Both fighters are looking confident. Marshman is slowly letting his hands go. Nice leg kick lands for Phillips. 1 min to go, both fighters are respecting the power of each other. Phillips is walking Marshman down. Marshman fires a leg kick. Phillips counters with a left hand over the top! Both fighters exchange punches. Marshman is showing good footwork. He connects with a hard kick to the body. 10-9 Phillips

Rd 2 – Phillips quickly takes the center and continues with the pressure. Marshman is feeling comfortable on the outside. Phillips is heavy on his lead leg. Big overhand left lands for Phillips! Marshman absorbs the shot well. 1st min in, Marshman fires a kick to the body and lands. Phillips is looking confident. Marshman is throwing a lot of faints. Phillips steps in and eats a short right hand. Marshman is busy with the kicks to the body. Phillips is looking for the openings. Phillips steps in and lands a straight left hand. Marshman is focused on the body in this round. Halfway in, Marshman explodes and lands a big right hand! Marshman follows with another right! Phillips resets. Marshman is looking confident. Phillips steps in with a body shot but eats a counter right hand. Marshman is looking sharp. Big kick to the body lands for Marshman! Marshman is missing with the punches. Phillips is patient. He is walking Marshman down. Marshman is very unpredictable with his movement. 1 min to go, Marshman is scoring from the outside. Phillips cuts the movement and lands a body shot. Marshman is busy with the jab. Marshman is outboxing Phillips. 10-9 Marshman

Rd 3 – Phillips takes the center. Marshman is moving on the outside. Phillips opens the round with a leg kick. Phillips is looking for a brawl. Marshman is fighting a smart fight. Hard kick to the body lands for Marshman! Phillips has a hard time defending them. 1st min in, Phillips is lowering his stance. Marshman keeps Phillips guessing. Marshman is showing great conditioning. Stiff jab lands for Marshman. Phillips is waiting too much. He moves forward but eats a counter straight left. Phillips has a hard time landing anything. Halfway in, Nice front kick to the body lands for Marshman. Phillips explodes with an overhand left, misses. Marshman is on his back foot the entire fight. Both fighters are passive. Phillips fires a left hook and lands. He attacks once again and connects with a one-two combination. Phillips steps in and partially lands a right hand. 1 min to go, Phillips, is very aggressive. He is looking to land a knockout punch. Marshman fires a straight left hand and lands! Both fighters exchange punches. Both fighters are exploding in the last 10 seconds. 10-9 Marshman 

WATCH FIGHT

NOVEMBER 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 141 – VS KEVIN HOLLAND

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Phillips is in the southpaw stance. Holland is in the orthodox stance. Phillips takes the center. Holland opens the fight with a couple of sidekicks. Phillips establishes the forward pressure. Holland is moving on the outside. Holland is looking more relaxed. Phillips closes the distance but misses with the punches. He continues the attack and lands a right hand. Holland counters with a two-punch combo and lands! 1st min in, big body kick lands for Holland! Phillips is looking for his way in. Holland continues to work the body of Phillips with the kicks. Hard front kick hurts Phillips! Holland moves in and lands a right hand! Phillips is moving backwards. Holland is destroying Phillips with the kicks and punches! Holland is showing great boxing skills. Hard right hand lands for Holland! Holland is mixing his striking well. Halfway in Holland backs off and moves to the center. He wants to save his energy. Phillips moves in with the punches. Holland clinches and lands a couple of hard knees to the body!  Holland is looking like a much faster during the exchanges. Phillips has a hard time timing his attacks. Nice body shot lands for Phillips. Holland is doing a good job keeping his distance with the kicks. Holland lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight and gives Phillips time to recover. The fight continues in the center. Holland lands a sidekick. Phillips explodes with the left hook and lands! Holland felt that one for sure. 1 min to go, Holland is throwing a lot of side-kicks in this round. He is clearly taking the advantage of being first. Phillips is loading his fists, looking to explode. Holland explodes with the flying knee! He misses but follows with the left elbow! Phillips loses his balance and goes down! Holland follows him on the mat and unloads with the hammer fists! 10-9 Holland

Rd 2 – Phillips takes the center. Holland continues to move on the outside. Holland continues with the side-kicks. He is destroying the lead leg of Phillips. Holland fires a one-two combination. Phillips throws a perfectly timed right hook and cracks Holland! Phillips looks confident as he starts walking Holland down. He explodes with the punches against the fence! Holland is doing a good job slipping the punches! Phillips connects with a hard right hand! Holland counters with a nasty elbow over the top! Phillips continues with the pressure! He is swinging power punches like a mad man! Holland is showing great boxing defense. Phillips slows down. Holland is patient; he is picking up his shots. Phillips explodes once again with the punches over the top. Holland blocks most of them. Halfway in, Phillips is very aggressive in this round. Big one-two lands for Holland! He follows with the double jab. Phillips is breathing heavily. Holland is constantly landing with the jab and body kicks. Phillips explodes once again but fails to land anything significant. 1 min to go, Phillips initiates the clinch against the fence. He unloads with a couple of hard hooks to the body. Holland separates. Phillips quickly closes the distance and lands a right hook to the body. Holland wakes up in the last seconds of the round and lands a couple of nice kicks. 10-9 Phillips 

Rd 3 – Phillips takes the center. He moves in with a right hand. Holland times the single leg and scores a takedown! Holland immediately takes the back of Phillips! He is landing hard right hands! Phillips tries to stand up but Holland picks him up and slams him down once again! Holland is putting strong pressure on Phillips. 1st min in, Phillips is looking tired! Holland is looking to put both hooks in. Big elbow lands for Holland! He takes the body triangle and starts working for the submission. Phillips is defending well so far. He explodes to his right and manages to stand up! Halfway in, Holland quickly takes the double leg and scores another powerful takedown. Holland jumps into side control. He makes a quick transition to the full mount! Phillips is in trouble! Holland is showing excellent top control! Phillips rolls to his right and manages to reverse the position! Great move by Phillips! Holland tries to set up the triangle choke but Phillips escapes and stands up. Holland follows him and grabs the double leg. Holland scores another takedown. Holland steps over and takes the back of Phillips! Phillips leaves the open neck! Holland sets up the rear-naked choke!!! Phillips taps out!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

MARCH 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 127 – VS CHARLES BRYD

RESULT – LOST VIA 1st RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters comes out aggressive! Bryd immediately level changes and scores a double leg takedown! He manages to take the full mount position against the fence! Strong start by Bryd! Phillips is in trouble early! Bryd lands a couple of nice punches. Phillips is covering himself well. 1st min in, Phillips has a hard time finding his way up. Bryd is showing great top control. Bryd is doing a great work staying busy with the punches. Phillips scrambles. Bryd makes a transition to the half guard. Bryd is putting strong pressure on Phillips who is already looking desperate in the bottom position. Big right hands are landing for Bryd! Halfway in, Phillips scrambles and gives his back to Bryd! Bryd has a one hook in. Phillips scrambles once again but Bryd does a great work controlling him. Bryd passes to the side control position. Phillips scrambles once again and gives his back! Bryd quickly sets up the rear-naked choke! He doesn’t have the hooks in. Phillips fails to escape the danger and taps out!!! 

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

31 MATCHES 21 WINS 9 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 18 2
SUBMISSION 3 5
DECISION 0 2
DRAWS
NO CONTEST 1

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Phillips a brawl fighter and a highlight real knockout artist.
  • He is the former BAMMA Middleweight champion.
  • Phillips is a fast finisher. He has finished all of his 21 wins.
  • He has a good standup game and has a lot of power in his hands.
  • He mostly relies on his power overhand left as seen against Marshman.
  • Phillips has a hard time defending the leg kicks as seen against Holland. There is a room for improvement in his kickboxing defense.
  • Also, his takedown defense is bad. He was easily taken down against Holland.
  • Although he has good scrambles, his submission defense is poor as we saw against Byrd.
  • Against Holland, Phillips was doing a good job reversing the positions from the bottom.
  • Phillips has a tendency to be reckless with his power shots. He is wasting a lot of energy as seen against Holland.