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Phillips (12-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) meets Jones (13-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 27, which takes place July 24 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the targeted booking to MMA Junkie, but asked to remain anonymous since the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Phillips, who was originally scheduled to face Cameron Else, fell short in his return to the octagon when he was submitted by Jack Shore at UFC on ESPN 13 in July 2020. Prior to that, Phillips had won five in a row, including four by stoppage.
Unbeaten in his past four fights, Jones was scheduled to face Tony Kelley, who withdrew due to an undisclosed injury. After his comeback knockout win over Timur Valiev was overturned to a no contest due to a positive marijuana test, Jones picked up his first official UFC win when he stopped Mario Bautista in the second round at UFC 259 in March.
With the change, the UFC on ESPN 27 lineup includes:
Cory Sandhagen vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Brendan Allen vs. Puna Soriano
Maycee Barber vs. Miranda Maverick
Aspen Ladd vs. Macy Chiasson
Kyler Phillips vs. Raulian Paiva
Mickey Gall vs. Jordan Williams
Randy Costa vs. Adrian Yanez
Ian Heinisch vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Julio Arce vs. Andre Ewell
Darren Elkins vs. Darrick Minner
Sijara Eubanks vs. Elise Reed
Trevin Jones vs. Aaron Phillips