Chris Curtis thinks it’s time for him to headline a UFC event.
The veteran fighter, who now has seven fights in the organization, wants to the opportunity for a headlining slot of a Fight Night event, and in particular one at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. On top of the prestige of being a main event fighter, Curtis (31-10 MMA, 5-2 UFC) just really wants to show what he’s capable of doing over 25 minutes opposed to a traditional three-round bout.
“Everyone hates the Apex, I like the Apex. I have no issue with the Apex,” Curtis told MMA Junkie Radio. “I fought everyone you’ve asked me to fight, and I’ve done well against most of them. Let me main event an Apex card.
I’m totally happy. Let me main event an Apex card. I promise you, give me a five-round fight and let me show you something great. My biggest weakness is that I’m so geared towards five-round fights. Three-round fights are kind of hard to adjust to. Give me a five-round fight and I will show you something magical.”
Curtis is coming off a split decision win over Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC 297 this past weekend in Toronto. Although middleweight has been his home throughout his UFC tenure, Curtis is keen on exploring the possibility of a return to welterweight – which could change the type of names he could potentially be fighting if given the chance at a main event.
“I think next week we’re going to meet the dietitian and get my body scan done and see what everybody thinks about my weight and whatnot,” Curtis said. “I have not made 170 pounds in three years, so it will be interesting to see what they say. I’m about to do that. But even at 185, there’s still (names left). There’s Paul Craig, who’s right above me. I don’t really care who.”