VANCOUVER, B.C. Elizabeth Phillips, formerly of Omak and with family on the Colville Indian Reservation, steps into the cage Saturday for her first Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Saturday.
Phillips (4-1) takes on Valerie Letourneau (5-3), 31, of Montreal, Quebec, who is also making a debut, in UFC 174 at bantamweight in Rogers Arena.
The fight will be televised on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. as a lead-up to the flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov. The main card, with five bouts, will be aired on pay-per-view.
Phillips, 27, who now lives in Spokane, got the call to fight Friday after Milana Dudieva, who was scheduled to fight Letourneau, withdrew. Letourneau replaced Germaine de Randamie earlier.
An Eastern Washington University student, Phillips (5-6, 135 ounds) lost her first professional fight before winning four straight.
She trains at Rick Little’s Sik Jitsu gym in Spokane.
Letourneau is 5-7 and 127 pounds.