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Kotzebue’s Aaron Phillips chases UFC dream on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Aaron Phillips.
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Aaron Phillips.(Tommy Christie)
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 6:32 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The upcoming season of the reality television show “The Ultimate Fighter” will feature Kotzebue fighter, Aaron Phillips.

The 29th season of the program showcases up-and-coming mixed martial artists that train, live and compete against each other in Las Vegas. Fighters on the show are coached by either UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski or Brian Ortega. After the series, Volkanovski and Ortega will square off for the featherweight title.

“What I hope to gain from the show is just all the knowledge and experience it has to offer, from the coaches, the other fighters, the cameras, and the publicity that comes with it,” Phillips said in a press release from his agency. “Never did I imagine this journey would take me here or anywhere really.”

Phillips’ career in the octagon began with the Alaska Fighting Championship as a middleweight, winning five out of his six matches with the AFC.

The 30-year-old fighter still resides in Kotzebue and works for Bering Air along with maintaining a training schedule. His agent, Joey Torres, said Phillips’ training stories from Kotzebue sounded straight out of a “Rocky” movie, including pushing sleds and many make-shift workouts to stay fight-ready.

When Phillips was in Anchorage, he trained at Anchorage Brazilian Ju-Jitsu along with gyms in Denver before going on the show. “The Ultimate Fighter” will air on ESPN+ on June 1.

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