Brendan Allen will get yet another switch in opponent.
Roman Dolidze has withdrawn from UFC on ESPN 31 and Chris Curtis (27-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in on short notice to face Allen (17-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 31 on Dec. 4.
Both fighters confirmed the booking on social media Monday following an initial report from MMA DNA.
Making a less than one month turnaround is Curtis, who came up big as an underdog in his promotional debut when he knocked out highly touted Phil Hawes at UFC 268 in November. His fight against Allen will mark the 34-year-old’s sixth fight in 2021.
Winner of nine of his past 10, former LFA champion Allen will look to make it three straight. After submitting Karl Roberson in the first round at UFC 261, Allen bounced Punahele Soriano out of the ranks of the unbeaten at UFC on ESPN 27 in July.
The latest UFC on ESPN 31 lineup now includes:
Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo
Jimmy Crute vs. Jamahal Hill
Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Mallory Martin
Brendan Allen vs. Chris Curtis
Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape
Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka
Clay Guida vs. Leonardo Santos
Mickey Gall vs. Alex Morono
Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic
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