Curtis Millender
Curtious

USA

No-shows UFC 236 loss to Belal Muhammad
WelterweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Millender lost to Belal Muhammad via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 26-30) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Seemingly on the verge of contention at 170 pounds, Millender has now lost twice in the last four weeks to completely fall of the map. In desperate need of a rebound performance on the heels of his submission loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in mid March, Millender no-showed Saturday's fight against Muhammad. Millender's takedown defense along the fence is decent, but he's terrible in open space. More of an athlete than a mixed martial artist, Millender is physically equipped for this sport but still has a learning curve ahead of him.
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Quick turnaround on tap
WelterweightUFC
March 15, 2019
Millender will face Belal Muhammad at UFC Atlanta on April 13, freelance reporter Farah Hannoun reports.
ANALYSIS
Millender is having a quick turnaround after losing to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 146 just last week. He came into that fight having won nine straight, so he's certainly looking to get the taste of defeat out of his mouth as quick as possible.
Struggles on mat lead to loss
WelterweightUFC
March 9, 2019
Millender lost to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Booked in a co-main event slot for the first time in his young career and with a chance to fly up the welterweight rankings, Millender found himself on his back less than 30 seconds into the fight and never recovered. Curtis is an exceptional athlete with legitimate power, but his ground game is extremely suspect and Zaleski dos Santos easily took advantage of the opening. Three of Millender's four career setbacks have come via submission.
Booked for UFC Wichita
WelterweightUFC
January 15, 2019
Millender will take on Elizeu Zaleski in a welterweight bout at UFC Wichita on March 9, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Millender was hit with a 180-day medical suspension last week for a fractured elbow, but it looked like a physician has cleared him to return to fighting in March. Millender suffered the injury during his victory over Siyar Bahadurzada and will be riding a three-fight winning streak into his matchup with Zaleski.
Out with possible elbow fracture
WelterweightUFC
January 7, 2019
Millender was hit with a 180-day medical suspension Monday for a possible fracture elbow, mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Millender suffered the injury while defeated Siyar Bahadurzada by decision at UFC 232 in late December. He'll be held out of action until late June unless cleared by a physician.
Wins via decision in Fight of the Night candidate
WelterweightUFC
December 29, 2018
Millender defeated Siyar Bahadurzada via decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
Millender started off with a very technical approach to the fight. He kept good range and kept Bahadurzada at range with leg kicks and jabs. Bahadurzada was trying to force a brawl and threw wild punches. The second round saw Millender abandon his approach and he seemed more willing to stand and trade. "Courteous" also wound up on his back toward the end of the round and was unable to get to his feet. In the third round, Millender was back to fighting technically and landed a huge straight right which rocked Bahadurzada. The fight was almost stopped, but then Millender was taken down once again. He was able to get back to his feet and reverse another takedown attempt, leading to the decision victory.