Chris Curtis

The Action Man

USA

Booked against Vieira in June
MiddleweightUFC
April 13, 2022
Curtis (wrist) will take on Rodolfo Vieira in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 25, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Curtis entered the UFC with a trio of upset victories, all by KO/TKO, but his momentum halted when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled April matchup against Dricus Du Plessis. The wrist injury that forced this delay should be cleared by June, when he'll take on a fighter in Vieira who will have been on the sidelines for nearly a year due to a medical issue. Curtis will give up two inches in height, but own a two-inch reach advantage when the cage doors close. It's a small sample size, but Curtis has been getting it done so far with incredibly-high striking volume and a 100 percent takedown defense. Whether that holds up against Vieira's wrestling-based attack will likely be the deciding factor in this matchup.
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Out of UFC 273
MiddleweightUFC
March 15, 2022
Curtis (wrist) has withdrawn from his middleweight bout against Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 273, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Curtis suffered a wrist injury in training and now will be out for an undisclosed amount of time. Du Plessis will now take on Anthony Hernandez at UFC 273.
Looks to extend KO streak
MiddleweightUFC
January 25, 2022
Curtis will take on Dricus Du Plessis in a middleweight matchup at UFC 273 in April, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Curtis has had one of the most improbably UFC runs to date. He was passed over for a contract in a 2018 episode of Dana White's Contender Series, but the 35-year-old took advantage of a late-notice opportunity in November. He proceeded to upset Phil Hawes via knockout before doing the same against Brendan Allen less than a month later. He'll now take on a far younger middleweight fighter who will enter the matchup with height and reach advantages, so don't be surprised if Curtis finds himself an underdog once again.
Earns wild upset finish
MiddleweightUFC
December 6, 2021
Curtis defeated Brendan Allen via TKO (punches) at 1:58 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 44 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Curtis pulled off a massive upset against Phil Hawes in his UFC debut this past November, and again found himself as a short-notice replacement in a fight where he was moving up a weight class. Despite entering as the card's largest betting underdog, he came out ahead in the striking battle in a close first round. Curtis continued to attack the body in Round 2, which opened the door for a big right hand that wobbled his opponent. A big knee sent Allen to the canvas, and that was all she wrote. Curtis may not have gotten a contract after his 2018 Contender Series appearance, but he's now won an impressive six professional fights in 2021 alone. He'll take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here and is quickly becoming one of the company's rising stars.
Steps in against Brendan Allen
MiddleweightUFC
November 22, 2021
Curtis will take on Brendan Allen on Dec. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Curtis stepped in to replace Roman Dolidze, who withdrew for undisclosed reasons. He'll be fighting for the second time in less than a month, though he wasn't in the Octagon for long in his UFC debut in early November, as it took him 4:27 to knock out Phil Hawes. In Allen, he'll face a fighter who's won five of his first six UFC fights.
Pulls huge upset in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
November 6, 2021
Curtis defeated Phil Hawes via KO (punches) at 4:27 of Round 1 at UFC 268 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
A natural welterweight, Curtis agreed to move up to middleweight in his 35th professional fight in order to face Hawes and make his UFC debut, and he ended up pulling off what may very well go down as the biggest upset of the evening. The result was all the more shocking considering Curtis was getting tuned up on the feet by Hawes prior to the stoppage. The newcomer could get nothing going before one short left hand snapped Hawes in the jaw and effectively ended the bout right there. Curtis' ceiling would appear to be quite limited given the fact he turned 34 years of age this past July, but it will be interesting to see what he can do in his natural weight class with a full training camp under his belt.