Phil Hawes vs. Chris Curtis Set at Middleweight for UFC 268

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Ultimate Fighting Championship newcomer
will be getting opportunity to take on Phil Hawes
after all.

Officially added to the
UFC 268
bill on Nov. 6 in Madison Square Garden in New York
City, middleweight Hawes will lock horns with 2019 Dana White’s Contender Series victor Curtis.
Sources close to the situation have confirmed to Sherdog the
initial report by
on Thursday. The pairing was briefly booked at UFC
Fight Night 194 after Curtis stepped up on extremely short notice,
when Deron Winn
withdrew from the fight. Even though “The Action Man” weighed in at
184.5 pounds, Hawes
refused the unexpected opponent change
, forcing the promotion
to call off the bout.

Hawes (11-2) is currently riding a seven-fight win streak,
including three inside the Octagon. In his latest clash, “Megatron”
defeated Kyle
via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 24. Before that,
the Sanford MMA standout earned a majority decision over Nassourdine
at UFC Fight Night 185, and made his debut by punching
out in 18 seconds at UFC 254 in 2020.

Professional Fighters League alum Curtis (26-8)
is finally making his UFC debut. Curtis was not offered a contract
despite his hook kick knockout victory of Sean Lally on
the 2018 season of DWCS, and even considered retiring from the
sport shortly after. He reconsidered his decision in 2019 and
signed with PFL, where he ended with one victory and three defeats.
The Ohio native has won in his last five outings, including four
knockouts on his way back to the major leagues.

UFC 268 will go down at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In the main event, Kamaru
will square off with Colby
in a grudge rematch for the welterweight
championship. In the co-headliner, strawweight queen Rose
puts her belt on the line against former titleholder

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