UFC Fight Night: Allen Vs. Curtis 2 Preview

UFC Fight Night: Allen Vs. Curtis 2 Preview

Liam Mooney|
April 05, 2024|

The inaugural UFC event before the long-awaited UFC 300 PPV takes place this weekend at the UFC's Apex arena in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by late replacement Chris Curtis, who is stepping in for a rematch with Brendan Allen on short notice.

Brendan Allen was initially set to fight Marvin Vetorri, who unfortunately had to pull out due to an injury. Curtis has already built quite a reputation for being willing to take fights on short notice, so it was no surprise when he was announced as the late replacement. Curtis, who coincidently took the first fight with Allen on short notice in December 2021, won via second-round TKO.

Trevor Peek Vs. Charlie Campbell

Opening the main card will be a Lightweight bout between fan favorite Trevor Peek, who has a record of 9-1 and 2-1 in the UFC since his contender series victory in September 2022. Peek quickly caught the eye of the fans for his unorthodox striking and aggressive fighting style.

His opponent, Campbell, will make his UFC debut, coming straight into a main card slot. He boasts an impressive record of 8-2, with six victories coming via KO/TKO. On the other hand, Peek also has an impressive finishing rate, with eight of his nine wins coming via KO/TKO. It's clear what the matchmakers were going for with this fight, and it's safe to say everybody will be expecting fireworks from the opening bell.


Valter Walker Vs. Lukasz Brzeski

The next fight on the main card will feature two Heavyweights; the Brazilian Valter, 'The Clean Monster' Walker, will be another athlete making his UFC debut straight onto the main card. Walker is currently undefeated with a record of 11-0, with six KO/TKO victories and one submission victory. Walker certainly comes to the UFC with a lot of hype behind him, having already been a champion across three promotions in his career.

He will face Brzeski, who has had an unfortunate start to his UFC career, with three straight defeats, taking his overall record to 8-4-1. Compared to other promotions worldwide, the UFC is a big step up in competition, so many people will be keen to see how the new addition to the division, Walker, will fare this weekend.

Ignacio Bahamondes Vs. Christos Giagos

Following the Heavyweights, the card will return to the Lightweight division in a contest between two fighters featured in a combined 18 UFC fights. Bahamondes is a 2020 Contender Series winner who has yet to find absolute consistency in his UFC career. He has a record of 14-5 and 3-2 in the UFC since his impressive wheel kick KO debut win over Roosevelt Roberts in August 2021.

Across the octagon will be a veteran fighter in Giagos, who has an overall record of 20-11 and is currently 6-7 in the UFC. Both fighters are coming off a loss and will be looking to get back into the win column this weekend.


Morgan Charriere Vs. Chepe Mariscal

Morgan Charriere made an impressive start to his UFC career over Manalo Zecchini at UFC Paris. Charriere finished Mariscal in the first round with brutal body kicks, bringing his overall record to 19-9-1. Riding a four-fight win streak, Charriere will look to make a statement over a dangerous fighter who has also had a bright start to his UFC career.

Mariscal defeated Trevor Peek in his UFC debut, handing Peek his only defeat. Mariscal defeated Jack Jenkins in a closely contested fight until Jenkins, unfortunately, dislocated his elbow, landing awkwardly when Mariscal flung his opponent with a Whizzer kick. This fight should excite fans; both athletes have had impressive starts and are undoubtedly great additions to the Featherweight division.

Alexander Hernandez Vs. Damon Jackson

The co-main event will feature two more Featherweights, and with 12 UFC fights under his belt and six consecutive years with the UFC, it's fair to say that Hernandez has been around for a while. He was once touted as a huge prospect with back-to-back wins over Beneil Dariush in his debut and then two-time PFL world champion Oliver Aubin-Mercier. But he struggled to find momentum after that. He is coming off a recent loss to Bill Algeo and will look to rectify that against Damon Jackson.

Jackson is coming off back-to-back defeats for the first time in his 30-fight professional career. With fifteen wins coming via submission, Jackson is as dangerous as they come when the fight gets to the ground.


Brendan Allen Vs. Chris Curtis

Brendan Allen is seeking vengeance in this rematch against Chris Curtis this weekend. Allen has been on a six-fight winning streak since his last fight with Curtis in 2021. Allen's strength notably lies in his ground game and submission skills, which he will likely aim to leverage against Curtis. However, Curtis has shown excellent takedown defense throughout his career, with a 92% takedown defense in the UFC.

Chris Curtis enters this fight as the underdog according to the betting odds, but he has previously demonstrated his ability to surprise. Curtis's striking-focusing style aims to keep the fight standing where he believes he has an advantage. In their previous encounter, Curtis managed to avoid Allen's ground game for the most part and secured a second-round finish. This time, Curtis will likely aim to replicate his past success by keeping the fight on the feet and exploiting any openings in Allen's striking defense.

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