John Phillips signs with the UFC, faces Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC on Fox 23

The UFC has signed hard-hitting Welshman John Phillips per Combate and his first course of action will be to take on Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC on FOX 23.

UFC on Fox 23 will be held on January 28, 2017, at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

Phillips (20-6) has won all of his last four bouts via stoppage. In the biggest win of his career, Phillips won the BAMMA Middleweight title with a dominant first round knockout victory over Cheick Kone. The Welshman was scheduled to defend the title for the first time at BAMMA 26 against Andy DeVent, but after missing weight by 13lbs and was subsequently stripped of his title.

In his previous bout, Phillips earned another first round TKO win over  Otavio Lacerda at Budo Fighting Championship 16.

Lima (14-4-1) is coming off a submission loss to Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2. Prior to the loss, Lima has gone 3-1 with the promotion.

With this fight addition, UFC on FOX 23 now looks like this:

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Peña
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
Jason Gonzalez vs. J.C. Cottrell
Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey
Eric Shelton vs. Alexandre Pantoja
Raphael Assunção vs. Aljamain Sterling
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. John Phillips

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