Chris Curtis will not be participating in his scheduled bout against Anthony Hernandez. Roman Kopylov has been chosen as a replacement for the September Noche UFC event.
It was reportedly revealed that Chris Curtis had withdrawn from his fight due to a rib injury.
Chris Curtis and Anthony Hernandez were booked in a middleweight bout. After Curtis’s withdrawal from the fight, MMA Fighting reported that Roman Kopylov will step in to replace Curtis and will now face Hernandez.
I’m told it was a rib injury that forced Curtis out — which doesn’t seem surprising to most who have commented. https://t.co/i73go4Awaw— Mike Heck (@MikeHeck_JR) August 15, 2023
Roman Kopylov is currently on a three-fight winning streak. Kopylov’s recent fight was against Claudio Ribeiro at UFC 291 event, where he won by KO. Kopylov also secured victories over Punahele Soriano and Alessio Di Chirico, maintaining his ongoing winning streak.
Anthony Hernandez is also currently on a three-fight winning streak. Hernandez’s recent fight was against Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Vegas 73, where he won by KO. Hernandez also emerged victorious against Marc-André Barriault and Josh Fremd in his streak.
In the upcoming match, both contenders will be aiming for their fourth consecutive victory.
Noche UFC event is scheduled for September 16, 2023, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Alexa Grasso vs Valentina Shevchenko is set for the main event for the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship.