Streaking bantamweights will square off on March 6.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup recently informed MMA Junkie of the booking but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. BloodyCanvas.net was the first to report the booking.
Phillips, a Dana White’s Contender Series and “The Ultimate Fighter” alum, has won his past three in a row, most recently scoring a second-round finish of newcomer Cameron Else in October.
Unbeaten in the UFC, Yadong is coming off a close decision win over Marlon Vera in May. Prior to that, he battled Cody Stamann to a majority draw at UFC on ESPN 8 in December 2019.
The latest UFC 259 fight card now includes:
- Champ Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya – for light heavyweight title
- Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson – for women’s featherweight title
- Champ Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling – for bantamweight title
- Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos
- Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
- Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
- Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez
- Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews
- Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones
- Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic
- Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
- Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza
- Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong