Curtis Millender

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Curtis Millender
Born (1987-12-01) December 1, 1987 (age 32)
Anaheim, California, United States
Other names
  • Curtious
  • Vantablack
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach76 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofAnaheim, California, United States
TeamNOC Fight Team
CSW
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Erik Paulson
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total23
Wins18
By knockout6
By decision12
Losses5
By submission3
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Curtis Millender (born December 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2013 who competed in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Bellator and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Millender began his professional MMA career in February 2013. During this period of his career, Millender competed exclusively for the California-based promotion, Fight Club OC. He compiled a perfect record of 7–0 in the organization, which included a three-round split decision victory over 10-6 Dominic Waters to become the FCOC welterweight champion.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Millender was expected to make his promotional debut against Michael Page at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015.[1] However, after a cut suffered by Page, Millender instead faced Brennan Ward at the event.[2] Millender lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round, resulting in the first professional loss of his career.[3]

Millender next faced Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015.[4] He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the third round.[5] Millender was subsequently released from the promotion following his loss to Gonzalez.[6]

Millender returned to face Steven Ciaccio at Bellator 141 on August 28, 2015. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Millender faced Johnny Cisneros at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017. He won the fight via TKO in the first round due to strikes.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On the heel of a six fight win streak, including three straight on the regional scene under the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotion, Millender signed with the UFC in January 2018.

Millender made his promotional debut against Thiago Alves on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 126.[9] He won the fight via a technical knockout in the second round.[10] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[11]

Millender faced Max Griffin on July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Millender faced Siyar Bahadurzada on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

Millender faced Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[16] He lost the fight via a submission in round one.[17]

Millender faced Belal Muhammad on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[18] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

On November 3, 2019 it was announced that Millender had been released from the UFC.[20][21]

Return to Bellator[edit]

In November 2019, Millender announced that he had signed a contract with Bellator MMA.[21]

In his return to the promotion, Millender faced Moses Murrietta at Bellator 238 on January 25, 2020.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

Millender has two sons: Curtis Jr. and Carter ages eight and four. Millender is currently married to his long time Girlfriend Ashley Richie. The two were married June 23, 2019.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
23 matches 18 wins 5 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 0 3
By decision 12 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–5 Moses Murrietta Decision (unanimous) Bellator 238 January 25, 2020 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States Catchweight bout (180 lbs).
Loss 17–5 Belal Muhammad Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 17–4 Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 1 2:35 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 17–3 Siyar Bahadurzada Decision (unanimous) UFC 232 December 29, 2018 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 16–3 Max Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC 226 July 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–3 Thiago Alves KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros February 18, 2018 2 4:17 Austin, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–3 Nick Barnes KO (head kick) LFA 30 January 12, 2018 2 2:51 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 13–3 Matthew Frincu KO (head kick) LFA 24 October 13, 2017 1 0:38 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 12–3 Kevin Holland Decision (unanimous) LFA 13 June 2, 2017 3 5:00 Burbank, California, United States
Win 11–3 Johnny Cisneros TKO (punches) Bellator 170 January 21, 2017 2 3:48 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 10–3 Ozzie Alvarez Decision (unanimous) Fight Club OC August 25, 2016 5 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States Won the vacant Fight Club OC Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–3 Casey Greene Decision (unanimous) Lights Out @ Sportsmen's Lodge: Fight Night 7 June 25, 2016 5 5:00 Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States Won the Lights Out Welterweight Championship.
Loss 8–3 Eddie Mendez Decision (unanimous) Lights Out @ Sportsmen's Lodge: Fight Night 4 October 23, 2015 3 5:00 Studio City, Los Angeles, California, United States Catchweight (175 lbs) bout.
Win 8–2 Steven Ciaccio Decision (unanimous) Bellator 141 August 28, 2015 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 7–2 Fernando Gonzalez Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 137 May 15, 2015 3 1:14 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Brennan Ward Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 134 February 27, 2015 1 1:37 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–0 James Chaney TKO (doctor stoppage) Fight Club OC October 16, 2014 1 0:48 Costa Mesa, California, United States Defended the Fight Club OC Welterweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Dominic Waters Decision (split) Fight Club OC June 19, 2014 3 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States Won the vacant Fight Club OC Welterweight Championship.
Win 5–0 John Mercurio Decision (unanimous) Fight Club OC April 17, 2014 3 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Alex Suhonosov Decision (unanimous) Fight Club OC December 5, 2013 3 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 3–0 J.C. Llamas Decision (unanimous) Fight Club OC August 15, 2013 3 3:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 2–0 Blake Belshe KO (punch) Fight Club OC April 11, 2013 1 0:34 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 1–0 Paul Gemmati Decision (unanimous) Fight Club OC February 28, 2013 3 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (December 1, 2014). "Michael Page returns to Bellator cage against Curtis Millender on Feb. 27". mmafighting.com.
  2. ^ Staff (February 23, 2015). "Michael Page Injured; Brennan Ward Replaces 'MVP' at Friday's Bellator 134". sherdog.com.
  3. ^ Staff (February 28, 2015). "Bellator 134 results: Liam McGeary wins title with hard-fought decision over Newton". mmajunkie.com.
  4. ^ Tristen Critchfield (March 31, 2015). "Dantas-Richman, Zwicker-Al-Hassan, Gonzalez-Millender Set for Bellator 137 Main Card". sherdog.com.
  5. ^ Staff (May 15, 2015). "Bellator 137 results: Brandon Halsey stops Kendall Grove, still loses title". mmajunkie.com.
  6. ^ Stephie Haynes (June 4, 2015). "Bellator releases Sokoudjou and 7 other fighters from their roster". bloodyelbow.com.
  7. ^ Mike Bohn (August 28, 2015). "Bellator 141 results: Melvin Guillard upset by Brandon Girtz in main event". mmajunkie.com.
  8. ^ "Bellator 172 Thomson vs. Pitbull". sherdog.com.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2018-01-19). "Thiago Alves to meet newcomer Curtis Millender at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night 126 results: Curtis Millender's perfect knee KOs Thiago Alves in second". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 126 bonuses: Brandon Davis, Steven Peterson get $50,000 for slugfest". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  12. ^ George Garcia and Dann Stupp (2018-05-04). "Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender targeted for UFC 226 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  13. ^ "UFC 226 results: Curtis Millender continues streak, proves too much for Max Griffin". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  14. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2018-10-29). "Curtis Millender vs. Siyar Bahadurzada booked for UFC 232 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ "UFC 232 results: Curtis Millender's technique overcomes Siyar Bahadurzada's brute force". MMAjunkie. 2018-12-30. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  16. ^ Camilo Pinheiro Machado and Marcelo Barone (2019-01-15). "In search of the seventh UFC win, Elizeu Capoeira faces Curtis Millender on March 9 in Kansas" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  17. ^ Cole, Ross (2019-03-10). "Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Taps Out Curtis Millender Quickly At UFC Fight Night 146". MMA Insight. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA. "Snelle terugkeer voor Curtis Millender tegen Belal Muhammad tijdens UFC 236 in Atlanta". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  19. ^ "UFC 236 results: Belal Muhammad relentless pressure too much for Curtis Millender". MMA Junkie. 2019-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  20. ^ "Curtis Millender, Andre Soukhamthath among 12 fighters released by UFC". MMA Junkie. 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  21. ^ a b Shelton, Cole (2019-11-07). "Curtis Millender discusses UFC release, reveals he signed with Bellator and has fight booked | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  22. ^ Farah Hannoun (December 10, 2019). "Curtis Millender returns to Bellator, takes on Moses Murrietta at Bellator 238". mmajunkie.com.
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 126 bonuses: Brandon Davis, Steven Peterson get $50,000 for slugfest". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
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