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Phil Hawes vs. Chris Curtis Set at Middleweight for UFC 268

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Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer Chris Curtis will have the opportunity to face Phil Hawes.

Officially added to UFC Bill 268 on Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York, the lightweight Hawes will lock the horns with Curtis winner of Dana White’s Contender Series 2019. Sources close to the situation confirmed to Sherdog the original MMA DNA report on Thursday. The pairing was soon made in UFC Fight Night 194 after Curtis intensified in a very short time when Deron Winn left the fight. Although “The Action Man” weighed 184.5 kg, Hawes refused the unexpected change of opponent, forcing the rise to stop the fight.

Howes (11-2) is currently running seven games in a row, including three in the Octagon. In his last clash, “Megatron” defeated Kyle Daukaus by unanimous decision in the UFC on ESPN 24. Before that, the Sanford MMA representative won the majority of Nassourdine Imavov in UFC Fight Night 185 and made his debut by beating Jacob Malkoun. 18 seconds at UFC 254 in 2020.

The guts of the Professional Fighters League Curtis (26-8) are finally making their UFC debut. Curtis was not offered a contract despite Sean Lally’s knockout victory in the 2018 DWCS season, and even considered retiring shortly afterwards. He reiterated his decision in 2019 and signed with the PFL, where he ended up with one win and three defeats. The Ohio native has won his last five outings, including four knockouts on his way back to the major leagues.

UFC 268 will land at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the main event, Kamaru Usman will square with Colby Covington in a rematch for the welterweight championship. In the co-headliner, straw queen Rose Namajunas puts her belt in the line against former title holder Weili Zhang.