Marcos Rogerio de Lima to Face Octagon Newcomer John Phillips at UFC on Fox 23

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 22, 2016
Marcos Rogerio de Lima will welcome John Phillips to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 23 on Jan. 28.

The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed the light heavyweight pairing on Thursday. UFC on Fox 23 takes place at the Pepsi Center in Denver and is headlined by a bantamweight showdown between Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena.

De Lima is 3-2 during his promotional tenure, including a first-round submission loss to Gadzhimurad Antigulov in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19. The Brazilian is 14-4 over the course of his career, with all but one of his triumphs coming inside the distance.

A native of Swansea, Wales, Phillips enters his UFC debut on a four-fight winning streak. The SBG Ireland representative is 21-6 as a pro, with notable defeats against the likes of Jesse Taylor, Frank Trigg, Tom Watson and Jim Wallhead. The 31-year-old has finished 18 of his wins by KO/TKO and three via submission.

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