Phillips vs. Yadong, Souza vs. Lemos Join UFC 259

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Kyler Phillips, UFC Norfolk ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

The UFC 259 card has started to round out, with two more additions this week to the March PPV event.

At strawweight, it will be an all-Brazilian battle when Livinha Souza takes on Amanda Lemos. That fight was first reported by Combate. In the men’s bantamweight division, meanwhile, Kyler Phillips will take on Song Yadong in a pairing originally announced by Bloody Canvas.

Both fights will join the UFC 259 undercard on March 6, 2021. The event is currently set to be headlined by a trio of title fights, including Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya for the light heavyweight title, Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson for the women’s featherweight belt, and Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling for the men’s bantamweight title.

Yadong (16-4-1) last competed in May, when he got the better of Marlon Vera. Prior to that bout, he battled to a draw with Cody Stamann at UFC DC. Phillips (8-1), a Contender Series and Ultimate Fighter vet who came up short on both shows but still landed in the UFC, has won three straight, including his first two official fights inside the octagon.

33-year old Lemos (8-1-1) will be looking for her third straight victory at UFC 259. In her past two outings, she’s picked up victories over Miranda Granger and Mizuki Inoue. Fellow Brazilian Livia Renata Souza (“Livinha”), meanwhile, will enter the bout off a win over Ashley Yoder. The former Invicta FC strawweight champion is 3-1 in the UFC to date.

UFC 259 does not have a location officially announced. The following bouts have been reported for the card:

Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya (c) – for the UFC light heavyweight championship
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Megan Anderson – for the UFC women’s featherweight championship
Petr Yan (c) vs. Aljamain Sterling – for the UFC bantamweight championship
Aleksandar Rakić vs. Thiago Santos
Uroš Medić vs. Aalon Cruz
Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones
Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
Jake Matthews vs. Sean Brady
Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober
Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
Song Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips
Amanda Lemos vs. Lívia Renata Souza
Kai Kara-France vs. Rogério Bontorin

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