UFC on ESPN 31: Brendan Allen Gets Another New Opponent, Chris Curtis Replaces Roman Dolidze

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Chris Curtis, UFC 268 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Middleweight Brendan Allen has yet another opponent for December’s UFC on ESPN 31.

After being lined up to fight Brad Tavares, then Roman Dolidze, Allen is now set to face Chris Curtis at the Fight Night event. Cageside Press confirmed the booking with a source familiar with the situation following an initial report by MMA DNA.

Dolidze, who had stepped in to replace Tavares, reportedly withdrew due to ongoing issues stemming from a battle with COVID-19.

Curtis (27-8) will make a quick turnaround in the match-up, having made his debut earlier this month. That fight saw the “Action Man” defeat Phil Hawes at UFC 268, via knockout late in the opening round.

It was a long-awaited debut for Curtis, who put his time in on the regional scene, competed for the PFL, and had even retired from the sport briefly.

Allen (17-4) has posted a 5-1 record since joining the UFC. He previously captured gold under the LFA banner. The 25-year old last fought in July, winning a unanimous decision against Punahele Soriano.

UFC on ESPN 31 (UFC Vegas 44) takes place Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Apex in Las Vegas. The following bouts have been reported for the card to date:

Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo
Brad Riddell vs. Rafael Fiziev
Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
Manel Kape vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
Mallory Martin vs. Cheyanne Buys
Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
Louis Smolka vs. Vince Morales
Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos
Alex Morono vs. Mickey Gall
Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic
Philipe Lins vs. Azamat Murzakanov
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis