Report: Curtis Millender Booked Against Belal Muhammad at UFC 236

By Jay Pettry Mar 15, 2019

Mere days removed from a loss, Curtis Millender has taken a fight on less than one month's notice to face Belal Muhammad at UFC 236.

First reporting this news was Farah Hannoun late Thursday, announcing that Millender (17-4) and Muhammad (14-3) will be squaring off at UFC 236 on April 13 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Millender previously competed and suffered a defeat at the hands of Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 146 on March 9.

Millender was tapped out in the first round by Zaleski dos Santos several days ago, snapping a 9-fight win streak dating back to 2015 that included wins over Thiago Alves and Siyar Bahadurzada. Prior to his signing with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Millender became the first male fighter and second fighter overall in the Legacy Fighting Alliance to finish multiple opponents with head kicks (Sabina Mazo).

Muhammad is also coming off a loss of his own, dropping a decision to Geoff Neal at UFC Fight Night 143 in January. A durable fighter who has only been finished once -- by Vicente Luque at UFC 205 -- Muhammad has reached the scorecards in all but five of his career bouts, including each of his last five inside the Octagon. Prior to his loss to Neal, he picked up wins over the likes of Tim Means and Jordan Mein in a four-fight win streak.

UFC 236 will take place on April 13 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Headlining the event will be an interim lightweight championship battle between featherweight champ Max Holloway and former foe Dustin Poirier. Co-headlining the event will be another interim title fight, at middleweight between the unbeaten Israel Adesanya and "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.

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