Kyler Phillips took care of business at UFC Fight Island 4, stopping his short-notice and debuting opponent Cameron Else.
English prospect Cameron Else made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Island 4 against Kyler Phillips. Else had an iffy start to his MMA career, going 4-4 including a win over Paddy Pimblett. Since then, he’s 6-0 with six stoppages. However, they’ve come against a low level of competition with his opponents having a combined record of 8-16 during the streak.
Phillips started his MMA career with four straight wins with three stoppages and earned a spot on the Contender Series. A first-round stoppage got him onto The Ultimate Fighter, but he was eliminated after his first fight. After going 1-1 following the show, Phillips got his shot at the UFC and won in his first appearance. Phillips was supposed to fight Danaa Batgarel, but travel restrictions prevented Batgarel from making it to the fight.
The feeling out process took us through the first minute or so, but after Phillips connected partially on a spinning heel kick, he followed up with a flying knee attempt that sent him over the top of Else. Although that exchange produced little damage, Phillips started adding up the damage with leg kicks. He then surprised plenty with a takedown. After passing to side control, Else swept with a d’arce attempt, but Phillips recovered and quickly worked back to side. With about a minute to go Phillips takes the back. More scrambles and Phillips ends with hammer fists.
The productive first on the mat gave Phillips plenty of confidence leading into the second. He hit a glancing high kick and then snagged a body lock takedown. In no time he was on the back and landing shots for the finish.
HUGE performance by @KyMatrix to earn his 3rd win inside the Octagon!
— UFC (@ufc) October 4, 2020
Kyler Phillips def. Cameron Else by TKO (Strikes) in Round 2 (0:44)