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CURTIS MILLENDER

AGE

31

RECORD

17-5-0

REACH

76”

HEIGHT

6”3"

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

CSW

HOMETOWN

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC 236 – VS BELAL MUHAMMAD

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Millender opens the fight with a couple of straight punches but he is out of range. Muhammad takes the outside position and lands a double jab. A nice inside leg kick lands for Muhammad. Both fighters are busy with the jabs to the body. Nice leg kick lands for Millender. Another one lands for Millender. He is looking sharp. Muhammad is looking for his range. He lands a nice left hook. Muhammad moves in with a one two and lands a right hand. 1st min in, nice hook to the body lands for Muhammad! He is slowly finding his rhythm. Millender is flat-footed. He is an easy target for Muhammad. Millender lands a couple of leg kicks. Muhammad responds with a big body-head combination. Millender sticks with a jab. Both fighters are letting their hands go. Muhammad scores with a double jab. Millender slides away. Halfway in, Muhammad is pressing forward and landing with a jab. He explodes with an uppercut but eats a right over the top. Muhammad closes the distance and initiates the clinch against the fence. Millender is defending the takedown. Muhammad has an under hook. Millender has a hard time separating. Both fighters are fighting for the hooks. Muhammad drops for a single leg. Millender is displaying fantastic takedown defense. 1 min to go, Muhammad continues with the clinch. He separates and eats an eye poke on the separation. The referee stops the fight. The fight continues in the center. Stiff jab lands for Millender. He starts using his range advantage. Big jab lands for Millender! He follows with the right hand and cracks Muhammad! Big kick to the body lands for Millender! 10-9 Muhammad
Rd 2 – Muhammad takes the center and starts pressing forward. Millender is keeping his distance with a jab. Muhammad quickly closes the distance and initiates the clinch against the fence. He wants to avoid the distance fight. Muhammad is working for a takedown. He level changes for a single leg. Millender is defending well. Millender separates. 1st min in, Both fighters exchange jabs. Millender is looking more relaxed. He is landing from the distance. Muhammad lands a nice left hook. Nice left hook lands for Millender. Both fighters are flat-footed. Muhammad fires a straight right but eats a hard right counter. A nice step in uppercut lands for Muhammad. He follows with the left hook and connects! Muhammad is outboxing Millender. Halfway in, Muhammad dives for a double leg and sores the takedown. Muhammad takes the half guard position. Millender is controlling the posture from the bottom. Muhammad stays busy with the left hand. Millender has a hard time finding his way up to his feet. Muhammad is putting strong pressure on Millender. Millender is breathing heavily on the bottom. 1 min to go, Muhammad doesn’t give Millender any space to work. He is landing nice short punches. Millender scrambles and takes the full guard. Big elbows are landing for Muhammad! He postures and continues to demolish Millender with the punches! 10-9 Muhammad

 

Rd 3 – Muhammad takes the center. Millender opens the round with a couple of leg kicks. Muhammad is light on his feet. He explodes with the right hand but he is out of the range. Muhammad dives for a single leg and follows with a big uppercut! Millender absorbs the shot well. Muhammad is out landing Millender. 1st min in, Big right hand lands for Millender! Big left hand followed with the right hook land for Muhammad! He follows with the double leg takedown and gets the half guard position! Muhammad is on fire! Millender is already looking desperate on the bottom. He tries to explode from the bottom but Muhammad is displaying strong top control. Muhammad is putting strong pressure on Millender. He is a much better grappler. Muhammad postures and lands a couple of left hands. Halfway in, Millender is not offering any defense. He is just holding on the bottom. Muhammad steps into the full mount! Millender is in trouble! Big punches are landing for Muhammad! Millender scrambles and gets the half guard back. Muhammad steps into the side control. Millender is not defending at all. 1 min to go, Big elbow lands for Muhammad! He is in the full mount once again! Big shots are landing for Muhammad! Millender gives his back! Muhammad is working for a rear-naked choke! It is all Muhammad in this round! Millender tries to stand up but Muhammad follows him with more punches. Millender manages to stand in the last seconds of the fight. 10-9 Muhammad

WATCH FIGHT

MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 146 – VS ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS

RESULT – LOST VIA 1st RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Millender takes the center. Santos is moving on the outside. Both fighters are measuring their range. Nice left hook lands for Santos! He follows with a hard kick to the body!  Santos level changes and scores a single leg takedown. Millender immediately sets up the guillotine choke! Santos defends and escapes the danger. He is still working for a position. 1st min in, Santos is in the half guard position. He starts exploding with the elbows. Millender controls the posture. He has a hard time finding his way up. Santos establishes strong top control. Santos is looking to step into the full mount! Millender scrambles from the bottom and gives his back to Santos! Santos puts both hooks in and shoots for the guillotine choke! Millender defends well. Santos lets go of the choke. Millender scrambles and gives his back to Santos once again! Halfway in, Santos immediately shoots for a rear-naked choke!!! This time, the choke is in!!! Millender taps out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2018 UFC 232 – VS SIYAR BAHADURZADA

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Both fighters are feeling each other. Millender opens the fight with a couple of front kicks. Bahadurzada explodes with the right hand but he is out of range. Bahadurzada takes the outside position. Millender establishes forward pressure. A nice step in right hand lands for Millender. He is looking patient and relaxed. 1st min in, Bahadurzada lands a hard kick to the body. Nice left hook lands for Millender. Bahadurzada is throwing power early. He is loading every shot. Millender is busy with the jab and front kicks. Hard leg kick lands for Millender! Big wheel kick lands for Millender! Bahadurzada absorbs the kick well. Millender is looking sharp! He fakes the right hand and lands a hard leg kick behind it! Bahadurzada has a strong chin! He explodes guns blazing but misses. Halfway in, Millender stays busy all the time. He is landing a nice front kick to the knees and jabs behind. Millender fires a one-two and follows with a leg kick. Bahadurzada responds with a big right hand! Both fighters are throwing power shots! Stiff jab lands for Millender. Bahadurzada charges forward but Millender display great footwork and escapes to the side. Big kick to the body lands for Millender! 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is looking for a single knockout shot. Millender is more technical. He moves in with the straight punches and follows with a head kick! Millender is mixing his attacks well. 10-9 Millender

 

Rd 2- Bahadurzada takes the center and eats a stiff jab. Bahadurzada explodes with a flurry of punches but Millender does a good job blocking them. Both fighters are in the center. Bahadurzada is provoking Millender. Millender is keeping his distance with a jab. Bahadurzada has a hard time closing the distance. He is not setting up his combinations. 1st min in, Bahadurzada lands a couple of leg kicks. Millender establishes forward pressure. Millender moves in and eats a left hand. Bahadurzada explodes with the right hand but he is still way out of the range. Millender starts picking him apart with a jab. Bahadurzada stays in his face. Millender is showing great boxing skills. He moves in and initiates the clinch. Bahadurzada separates. He goes high with the kick, blocked by Millender. Halfway in, Another head kick blocked by Millender. Everything Bahadurzada throws has a lot of power behind it. Big right hand partially lands for Bahadurzada. Millender continues to destroy him from the outside. Millender explodes with a spinning elbow. Bahadurzada sees the chance and scores the takedown. Bahadurzada is in the half guard position. Millender is controlling the posture from the bottom. 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is not offering any offense from the top. Bahadurzada postures and lands a couple of right hands. Millender scrambles from the bottom but fails to find his way up. 10-9 Bahadurzada

 

Rd 3 – Millender opens the fight with a couple of front kicks. He follows with a couple of jabs. Bahadurzada explodes with a big kick to the body! He connects with a hard right hand! Millender absorbs. Bahadurzada steps in but eats a hard right counter! Bahadurzada is shaking his head. Both fighters exchange in the center. Millender is more accurate during the exchanges. 1st min in, Bahadurzada is swinging and missing. Millender is countering with the right hand. Big right counter lands for Millender! Bahadurzada is hurt! He is on retreat! Millender pushes with a head kick! Bahadurzada is still marching forward! He eats another right hand. Big right hand lands for Millender! Bahadurzada dives for a takedown but he continues receiving a lot of damage! Millender is demolishing Bahadurzada!  Big uppercut lands for Millender! Bahadurzada shoots for a single leg and gets the takedown! Millender is displaying poor takedown defense. Bahadurzada jumps all over him and takes his back! Halfway in, Millender explodes back to his feet but Bahadurzada takes him down with a body lock. Bahadurzada starts landing hard right hands! Millender stands up once again. Bahadurzada is controlling him against the fence. Bahadurzada drops his levels for a single leg. Millender is defending well. Millender manages to separate. He takes the center. Both fighters are flat-footed. Big right hand lands for Millender! 1 min to go, Bahadurzada is showing a big heart! Millender is outboxing Bahadurzada. Bahadurzada steps in with a right hand but eats a hard counter right hook! Another one lands for Millender! Millender is moving on the outside and keeping Bahadurzada at his range with a jab. Bahadurzada dives for a takedown but finishes on the bottom position. Millender is in the half guard position. 10-9 Millender

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

22 MATCHES 17 WINS 5 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 6 0
SUBMISSION 0 3
DECISION 11 2
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Millender is the exciting and aggressive standup fighter with a lot of holes in his wrestling defense.
  • He is the former FCOC and Lights Out Welterweight Champion.
  • Millender has good standup skills. He is using his reach and height well.
  • His timing on the counter punches against Bahadurzada was perfect.
  • He has very good footwork with which he avoids a lot of dangers as seen against Bahadurzada and Griffin.
  • He is doing a good job of following his kicks with the punches.
  • He is holding his hands wide and leaves himself open for the uppercuts as seen against Muhammad.
  • His main weakness is his wrestling. His takedown defense is poor as seen against Muhammad.
  • On the mat, Millender is looking lost. It looks like he doesn’t know any techniques to get back to his feet.
  • Also, he is not threatening with the submissions or any offense at all from the bottom position.