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In the Middleweight division, we have a fun fight between Brendan ‘All In’ Allen and Chris ‘The Action Man’ Curtis. After seeing Brad Taveres and then Roman Dolidze fall out, Allen once again sought an opponent. In stepped Curtis, who made his long awaited UFC debut less than a month ago. A successful one at that, as Curtis knocked out Phil Hawes in the first round. The victory was Curtis’ sixth consecutive. Meanwhile, Allen has won two consecutive fights and nine of his last eleven. Somehow not ranked, one would think Allen is on the cusp with a victory here.
For a guy who retired several times, Chris Curtis has certainly made the most of this comeback. With six consecutive victories and a short-notice UFC debut knockout over Phil Hawes, Curtis is coming into this once again short notice fight, with momentum. With excellent striking and legitimate power, Curtis is a handful on the feet. While it would be nice to see an uptick in the output, especially given his excellent cardio, Curtis has the boxing abilities to piece up anyone. The area of concerns I have for Curtis lie within fighting at Middleweight and with his takedown defense. Something in which Brendan Allen can exploit, as the grappler could very well decide to neutralize Curtis by bringing this fight to the mat. Then again, Allen has vastly improved his striking and showed it against Punahele Soriano, who he outstruck.
As for a prediction, I have Allen winning. While I did go back-and-forth with this prediction, mainly because Allen, in falling in love with his striking, leads to a higher chance that Curtis can get this done. I ultimately believe that Allen being the natural Middleweight and more well rounded of the two, gets this done. So with that said, in what should be an exciting fight, I predict that Allen gets it done via submission.