After showing toughness in his UFC debut, Kris Moutinho has a chance to score his first win in the promotion when facing Aaron Phillips on October 23rd. News of the bantamweight bout was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
The fight joins a UFC lineup that does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Moutinho made headlines in July, as he was on the losing side of a three-round fight against Sean O’Malley. Despite consuming a large number of strikes through three rounds, Moutinho remained on his feet and kept pressing forward on O’Malley.
The referee made the call to stop the fight in the final minute of action. Moutinho took the bout on short notice, replacing Louis Smolka.
Before entering the UFC, Moutinho had won three of his five most previous fights on the regional scene.
Like Moutinho, Phillips will be fighting to earn his first UFC victory.
Phillips returned to the UFC last year, stepping in on short notice to face Jack Shore. He was submitted in that bout, breaking a five-fight streak of victories he had attained on the U.S. regional scene.
Phillips had previously also competed in the UFC in 2014, losing in both appearances of that stint.
UFC’s October 23rd event is currently set to be headlined by middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. Here is how the card looks at the moment.
Bout 5: Paulo Costa (13-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Jessica-Rose Clark (10-6) vs. Joselyne Edwards (10-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Jeff Molina (9-2) vs. Daniel Lacerda (11-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Mason Jones (10-1) vs. Alan Patrick (15-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Aaron Phillips (12-4) vs. Kris Moutinho (9-5) (Bantamweight)