Curtis Millender
Quick turnaround on tap
March 15, 2019
Millender will face Belal Muhammad at UFC Atlanta on April 13, freelance reporter Farah Hannoun reports.
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.
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Struggles on mat lead to loss
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.
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
January 15, 2019
Millender will take on Elizeu Zaleski in a welterweight bout at UFC Wichita on March 9, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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
January 7, 2019
Millender was hit with a 180-day medical suspension Monday for a possible fracture elbow, reports.
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
December 29, 2018
Millender defeated Siyar Bahadurzada via decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
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.
Riding eight-fight win streak after Saturday's victory
July 7, 2018
Millender defeated Max Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Millender did a nice job of rebounding after a tough opening round. A massive welterweight at 6-foot-3, Millender was seemingly twice Griffin's size. He did an excellent job of battering his smaller opponent over the final ten minutes of the fight, but Millender gave up an easy takedown in Round 1 and his defense off of his back was poor. Given his size and striking ability, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Millender moving forward if he can clean up his technique on the mat. He is riding an eight-fight win streak after Saturday's victory.