Training Jiu Jitsu from the age of 3, it seems it was Kyler Phillips’ destiny to compete in competitive martial arts. 18 years on, Kyler has moved from his native California to train with John Crouch et al at MMA Lab out of Glendale, Arizona, whilst also representing Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu team.
3-0 in professional MMA, ‘The Matrix’ has shown that he is far from one dimensional, however. Having represented Temecula Valley High School in his formative years, Phillips has the requisite wrestling game to ground opponents, while presenting an effectively unpredictable string of well-drilled kicks and striking combinations in his stand up game in each of his fights thus far.
A ground and pound finish of Taylor Alfaro afforded Kyler the perfect start to his professional career, while a calf slicer put paid to Canadian PJ Ste-Marie in his sophomore outing. 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu’s George Garcia presented a step up in competition in Phillips’ third fight with the CXF promotion out of California, but a ground and pound finish from back mount ensured the fight lasted less than a round – much like his previous two bouts.
Now a 3-0 bantamweight and legitimate prospect, Kyler Phillips looks to have all the tools to make waves in the sport outside of his native state. How long before we see this prodigy on the national stage?