Raphael Assuncao takes on Kyler Philips at UFC Vegas 71 on March 11th inside The Theatre at The Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, per TeamIridiumISA.
Raphael Assuncao holds a professional record of 27-9-0 (12-6 UFC) and is currently unranked. His notable wins include Jorge Masvidal, Aljamain Sterling, and TJ Dillashaw.
Kyler Philips holds a professional record of 10-2 (4-1 UFC) and is currently unranked. His notable wins include Song Yadong, Marcelo Rojo, and Cameron Else.
Official odds have not been released yet.
The prime of his career saw Assuncao go on an 11-1 tear in the UFC with wins over TJ Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling, Pedro Munhoz, Marlon Moraes, and Rob Font. He holds a strong claim to the title of one of the best never to win a UFC championship. Following this run, however, he would lose four straight. The last two were infamous knockout losses to Cody Garbrandt and Ricky Simon. Assuncao didn’t falter, though, and came back against Victor Henry in a shutout performance. He turned back the clock against a 4:1 favorite and looked as good as ever doing it.
‘The Matrix’ Kyler Philips represents the new wave of Bantamweight talent in the UFC. His last fight was a dominating armbar finish over Marcelo Rojo. The only knock on his 4-1 UFC record is a majority decision loss to Raulian Paiva. His ability to combine techniques is among the best of the best, and he looks to prove it against his most decorated opponent yet.
The rest of the card looks like this:
Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith vs. TBA
Flyweight: Tyson Nam vs. Bruno Gustavo da Silva
Flyweight: J.J. Aldrich vs. Ariane Lipski
Bantamweight: Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti
Heavyweight: Lukasz Brzeski vs. Karl Williams
Middleweight: Sedriques Dumas vs. Abu Azaitar
Bantamweight: Kyler Phillips vs. Raphael Assuncao
It’s the old vs. the new in this matchup. Is it time for a changing of the guard, or will the veteran prevail? Let us know in the comments below!