In the end, however, he knows the best statement he can make by raising his hand. His opponent, Gabriel Silva, recently made a unanimous decision to Borg in San Antonio last summer.
Whether it adds urgency or not, Phillips is not trying to get carried away with reading the implications of a win or loss for him. On the contrary, he insists on living in the present moment while balancing the emotions that accompany his first walk towards the Octagon.
“It’s really cool to finally be able to do this, but it took time,” said Phillips. “But (you) know better that it starts. We are just going to start and have fun. We are going to go into business. We are going to cut the lines, but we are also going to have fun and do it all along.”
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