Phil Rowe
The Fresh Prince


New debut opponent
March 5, 2020
Updating a previous report, Rowe is no longer scheduled to face Laureano Staropoli on March 28. He will instead face Cole WIlliams at UFC Portland on April 11, according to Farah Hannoun of
Rowe will be making his UFC debut after getting a contract via Dana White's Contender Series, and will be taking on an opponent in Williams who is 0-1 under the UFC banner. Rowe will hold sizable height and reach advantages, in addition to being nearly seven years younger.
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Set to fight Laureano Staropoli
January 22, 2020
Rowe will fight Laureano Staropoli at UFC Fight Night on March 28.
Rowe, who is in the midst of a seven-fight win streak, is set to make his official UFC debut after earning a contract following his TKO victory over Leon Shahbazyan at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series in August. He'll face an opponent Staropoli who is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Muslim Salikhov at UFC Fight Night 162 in October.
Lone contract on Contender Series
August 21, 2019
Rowe defeated Leon Shabazyan via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 3 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was the only fighter to be awarded a UFC contract after the event.
Rowe entered this main-event fight as the second-biggest underdog on the evening (+180), and certainly looked the part early in the fight. He was dropped with a counter punch from Shabazyan that was a result of getting one of his kicks caught, and was immediately met with a flurry of punches while on his back. Rowe was able to survive and even get back up to his feet, ultimately making it to a second round in which he was able to turn the tides. This time Rowe was the aggressor, backing up his opponent with a series of straight shots that nearly ended the bout. Shabazyan saved himself with a trip that got Rowe to the canvas, but the position was reversed prior to the third. Sensing Shabazyan was still hurt, Rowe came out swinging in Round 3, and it didn't take long to get Shabazyan to his knees, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in. It was an impressive performance for the prospect, who has plenty of size (6-foot-3, 81-inch reach) for the welterweight division.