A short notice fight in another country? That’s not a problem for Chris Curtis.
ESPN was first to report that No. 9 ranked middleweight Darren Till had to pull out of the co-main event of UFC London. Sources close to the situation have confirmed to Cageside Press that “The Action Man” Curtis will step in and face Jack Hermansson on July 23.
Curtis would confirm the match-up via his social media by posting a picture of Superman killing The Joker, which is Hermansson’s nickname.
Who dares, wins.
See you all in London. pic.twitter.com/oMnILl5avo
— Chris Curtis The Action Man (@Actionman513) July 7, 2022
Hermansson (22-7) is looking to get back into the win column after suffering a main event loss to Sean Strickland in February. The Swedish fighter has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights. However, he does have dominant wins over Kevlin Gastelum and Edmen Shahbazyan.
Curtis (29-8) is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Rodolfo Vieira at UFC Vegas 57. “The Action Man” has been perfect in the UFC thus far, also knocking out Phil Hawes and Brendan Allen. Curtis is riding an eight-fight win streak, with six of those coming via finish.
With a win over Hermansson, Curtis will leap into the top 10 middleweight rankings.
UFC London will take place on July 23, 2022, with Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes headlining.
The fight card currently looks like this:
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
- Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis
- Nikita Krylov vs. Alexander Gustafsson
- Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadžović
- Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce
- Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson
- Victoria Leonardo vs. Mandy Böhm
- Nicolas Dalby vs. Cláudio Silva
- Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt
- Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson
- Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa