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Bantamweight Division

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"The Dragon"

Aaron Phillips

Bantamweight Division

12-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Aaron Phillips

athlete record


Learn more about Aaron Phillips' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Houston, United States
Trains at
Headkicks MMA
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
May. 24, 2014
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2008

  • Six wins by KO, two by submission (RNC, undisclosed submission)

  • 5-1 between UFC appearances

  • Has won six of his last seven

  • Seven first round finishes

UFC on ESPN (4/15/23) Phillips lost a three round unanimous decision to Aaron Phillips 

UFC on ESPN (7/16/20) Phillips was submitted by Jack Shore via rear naked choke at 2:29 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (8/23/14) Phillips lost a three round unanimous decision to Matt Hobar

UFC 173 (5/24/14) Phillips lost a three round unanimous decision to Sam Sicilia

When and why did you start training for fighting? Taekwondo since the age of seven, four years of high school wrestling.  When I was 17 and done with wrestling, I watched Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar go to war on the Ultimate Fighter and I just fell right into it from

there.  I had my first amateur fight two weeks after my 18th birthday.

What ranks and titles have you held?  Fourth degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? My mom has been my foundation.  She has been my greatest role model in living selflessly and loving people.  My hero in MMA is Dustin Poirier because I know his humble beginnings in Louisiana, and I see through him the direct result of hard work, belief in oneself, and faith in God.  

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
A first fight in the UFC is a snapshot of the dream I’ve been chasing for seven years now.  Investing seven hard years is something people do to become a doctor; they achieve that status and begin their return on investment.  Signing with the UFC is the premier goal for a martial artist and fighter.  To me, it is both validation for the efforts put forth so far in the journey, and an immense opportunity to do so much more for my future, my family, and my community.  To fight in the UFC means that I accept great responsibility to the highest standard of performance, professionalism, and progress in the sport.  It means the opportunity to bring a UFC world championship belt home to Lafayette, LA. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?
I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in

Kinesiology-Exercise Science in 2012.  I have one semester remaining towards my Masters in Business Administration at UL Lafayette.

What was your job before you started fighting? I taught Taekwondo to children and adults for years prior to turning to MMA.

Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine

Favorite Striking technique:  Head kicks