CES MMA welterweight champion Chris Curtis, who called out Mike Perry after his title win last month, plans on doing everything he can to confront the UFC welterweight at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday.
Chris Curtis defended the CES MMA welterweight championship in the CES MMA 42 main event last month with a second-round TKO win over Wilfredo Santiago Jr. and immediately called out UFC welterweight Mike Perry afterwards.
Curtis is not a fan of the infamous “Platinum,” who’s made some noise throughout his three-fight UFC run that dates back to August 2016, and wants to teach him a lesson.
In order to do that, Curtis needs to make it to the UFC first, but the 29-year-old is saying and doing all the right things to increase his chances of receiving a contract with the WME-IMG-owned organization.
“I just hate Mike Perry with a burning, burning passion,” Curtis told BloodyElbow.com’s The MMA Circus. “He runs his mouth and he’s just a crap talker. Sam Alvey is one of my training partners and a really good friend of mine and is like family. Sam’s the nicest dude you’ll ever meet, and at one point, Mike Perry started crap with Sam. Sam’s too nice of a guy to even say anything; he’s PG-13 all the way. But I’m not Sam, I’m not that mature yet, and I’m like, ‘Look, don’t brush it off.’ (To Perry), I’m like, ‘Bro, you’re not that special.’
“He’s knocked out guys who were supposed to be knocked out. (Alan) Jouban went out there and made him look like a child. He’s one of those guys I want to shut up. Everything he’s supposed to be good at I’m better at.”
Curtis’ team has had communication with the UFC, but nothing has transpired from his March call-out of Perry just yet.
“So far the UFC has given me the good old, ‘We’ll keep you in line,’” Curtis said. “We’re still campaigning to get that fight, or any fight. I’ll fight at 170, I’ll fight at 185, I’ll fight at 205 if it gets me in. I just want to get in. But at some point I’m gonna beat the brakes off Mike Perry.”
Curtis will be in attendance at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday evening to watch his training partner, the aforementioned Alvey, fight middleweight Thales Leites on the event’s preliminary card. Perry is scheduled to kick off the six-fight main card against Jake Ellenberger.
Curtis plans on doing everything he can to get the opportunity to confront Perry if he beats Ellenberger.
“If I could make it into the cage without getting stopped by security, I would entirely do a WWE-style call-out,” he said. “But I’m pretty sure the security guards are good at their job. But if by some chance he gets past Ellenberger, who’s one of the largest men I’ve ever seen at 170, then I would love to call out Mike Perry. If it happens, God for bid, I’ll do everything I can to get in there and call that guy out. I’ve got no fear and no respect for Mike Perry.”
Curtis knows everything could go wrong if his attempt to get into the Octagon is even somewhat successful.
“That’s one way to get noticed if I don’t go to prison,” he joked. “I’m pretty sure I’m fast enough to get in the cage; I just don’t know what to do after that, like between security and getting the mic. I’ll figure it out on the drive down (laughs).”
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place live from Bridgestone Arena on April 22. In the main event, featherweight contender Cub Swanson fights Artem Lobov.