Chris Curtis Steps in for Roman Dolidze, Meets Brendan Allen at UFC on ESPN 31

By: Tristen Critchfield
Nov 23, 2021

“The Action Man” will make a quick turnaround following an upset victory in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

Approximately one month after his first-round knockout of Phil Hawes at UFC 268, Chris Curtis will replace Roman Dolidze and face Brendan Allen at UFC on ESPN 31 on Dec. 4. MMA DNA was first to report the new middleweight booking. UFC on ESPN 30 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a bantamweight showdown between Jose Aldo and Rob Font.

Including his win over Hawes, Curtis brings a six-bout winning streak into the matchup with Allen, a stretch that also includes triumphs over former UFC competitors Kenny Robertson and Kyle Stewart. The 34-year-old former CES MMA title holder is 27-8 over the course of his professional tenure.

Allen has now been scheduled to face three different opponents at UFC on ESPN 30. The 25-year-old Sanford MMA product has been victorious in five of his first six Octagon appearances – with his only defeat coming at the hands of Sean Strickland. Thus far in 2021, Allen has earned triumphs over Karl Roberson and Punahele Soriano.

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