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Chris Curtis aims to save PFL 'from having a boring champion,' win Magomedkerimov rematch

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LAS VEGAS – Chris Curtis went into his fight with Magomed Magomedkerimov very confident but wasn’t able to get the job done.

Magomedkerimov (25-5 MMA, 7-0 PFL) defeated Curtis (21-6 MMA, 1-1 PFL) via unanimous decision at PFL Week 4, and Curtis says he paid Magomedkerimov too much respect, which cost him.

“Last fight, I finally got around to watching it, didn’t do as bad as I thought I did,” Curtis told MMA Junkie. “I kind of gave him a little too much respect. I thought he was going to be better than he was, so I kind of played it safe. I realized into the third round that he wasn’t as good as I thought he was then I made him run like a little girl, so you know.”

Curtis will get another crack at Magomedkerimov in the playoffs Oct. 11 at PFL Playoffs 1, this time in a two-round fight.

And he vows not to make the same mistake. He believes he was too tentative in their first outing and will look to put it all on the line this time.


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“I’m just going to go out there. I got two rounds to get it done. No respect, I’m going to go out there, beat the hell out of him,” Curtis said. “I’m going to save the PFL from having a boring champion.”

Magomedkerimov was able to use his grappling to control the first fight, stifling Curtis’ offense early. Curtis had moments in the fight, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

“The first round I kinda waited too long, lost by a takedown,” Curtis said. “Second round he’s on my back. I didn’t do what I should have done, and I was expecting him to do some crazy Russian ninja grappling, and nothing happened. It’s basic. I almost submitted him; I had him gurgling. I almost choked him out; I hurt him. He never once came close to submitting me, he never once came close to hurting me, so I scared him more than he’ll ever scare me, so now it’s a matter of going out there, no respect, and just finishing him. He goes away, and we never have to hear about him again.”

He continued, “As a matter of pride, I need to finish him. To prove a point like you fluked out the first time. I messed up. It’s fine. I won’t make that mistake twice.”

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