Jack Marshman and John Phillips will kick off the main card of UFC on ESPN+ 5 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
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Marshman (22-8) has lost three of his last four fights heading into London. He most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Karl Roberson at UFC 230. As for Phillips (21-8). He is coming off of back to back losses for the first time in his career. The Welsch fighter will look to get back on track in England.
Marshman and Phillips meet in the center of the Octagon and high five each other. The men back off and attempt to read one another. Phillips is pumping his jab as he takes the center of the cage. He cracks Marshman on the chin with a right hand and presses him against the cage. Phillips lands a couple of knees then breaks free. Marshman circles right and Phillips cuts the angle and lands another right hand. Marshman attempts a level change but Phillips shuts it down. Phillips lands a big right hook that sends Marshman to the canvas, he stands above him as Marshman gets back to his feet, p
Phillips takes the center of the Octagon to start the second round. Marshman throws a lazy leg kick. Phillips lands an overhand left hand and follows it with a leg kick of his own. Marshman is fighting with his back to the cage but still has good footwork. Phillips pumps his jab and tries to close the distance but Marshman evades. Phillips connects on a straight left hand as Marshman backtracked. Marshman lands a hard body kick that takes Phillips off his feet. He gets up quickly and eats a right hand from Marshman. Marshman throws another hard body kick that thuds Phillips’ torso. He pumps the jab and uses his footwork to move out of harm’s way. 45 seconds left in the second round and Marshman continues to use his footwork to create openings. He cracks Phillips with a right hand with five seconds in the round.
The fighters embrace to start the final round. Phillips takes the center and cracks Marshman with a straight right hand. Marshman lands a body kick as Phillips faints. The pace has slowed significantly here in round three. Both men trade leg kicks. Phillips cuts an angle and throws a one-two that just misses Marshman. Another hard body kick is landed by Marshman. Two minutes left in the fight. Not to beat a dead horse, but, Marshman’s footwork has really been the story of this fight. Phillips lands a right hand flush but Marshman smiles as to say it didn’t hurt. Phillips is stalking Marshman with desperation. He lands a straight left hand. The fighters trade back and forth as the bell sounds.
Jack Marshman defeats John Phillips via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)