Phil Hawes Opens as Sizeable Favorite Against Chris Curtis at UFC 268

Chris Curtis Vs Phil Hawes UFC

  • Phil Hawes has opened as the -350 betting favorite against Chis Curtis.
  • Hawes and Curtis are schedule to meet at UFC 268 after their first booking earlier this month did not materialize after Hawes declined to fight Curtis on one-day notice.
  • Megatron has won seven straight bouts, including four under the UFC banner.

Phil Hawes has opened as a sizeable betting favorite in his rescheduled bout against Chris Curtis.

According to the best UFC sportsbooks, Hawes is the -350 favorite to beat Chris Curtis who is listed at +275:

Hawes and Curtis were first booked to fight at UFC Vegas 39 but Hawes declined to fight one one-day notice. Hawes was originally booked to face Deron Winn at that event but at the last minute, Winn withdrew due to non-weight cut-related health issues. Curtis agreed to take the fight on 24-hours notice but Hawes declined the offer. The pair eventually agreed to meet at UFC 268 on November 6th at the Madison Square Garden.

Hawes Bloodies and Batters Daukaus

Hawes heads to UFC 268 with seven consecutive wins, including four under the UFC. Five of those wins have come via stoppage although the last two have gone the distance. In his most recent bout, Hawes bloodied and battered Kyle Daukaus in a three-round bout last May 8th which Hawes won via unanimous decision.

The 32-year old from Hackensack, New Jersey fought under LFC, Global Knockout, WSOF, Bellator, and Brave FC before finally landing in the UFC. His first appearance at the Contender Series ended in a knockout loss to Julian Marquez but Hawes worked his way back and discord a 78-second knockout of Khadzhimurat Bestaev in his second try to earn a UFC contract.

Megatron has seen the plus money sign next to his name only once in his last seven bouts. That was when he faced Daukaus as a +130 betting underdog. But he won that fight convincingly and looks to continue his unbeaten run in the UFC with a win over Curtis. Hawes was listed as a -450 favorite to beat Curtis during their aborted first meeting.

Finally in the UFC after 12 Years

Curtis was supposed to make his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 39 but that didn’t push through as Hawes declined to fight him one 24-hours notice. Barring any last-minute changes, Curtis will fulfill his lifelong dream of fighting in the biggest stage in MMA after 12 long and hard years.

A former CES MMA welterweight champion, Curtis thought he was on his way to the UFC in 2018 when he scored a TKO win in the Contender Series. When the UFC didn’t sign him, he retired. Not soon after, he was lured by the PFL’s $1M championship prize and returned to fighting. However, he went 1-3 during his stint with the PFL. Curtis however, has won five in a row, including four via stoppage, since leaving the PFL and heads to his UFC debut coming off a win over former UFC fighter Kenny Robertson at XMMA 2 last July.

Curtis opened as the +310 betting underdog when this bout was booked for October. Right now, he is listed at a shorter +275. This marks only the third time in his last nine bouts where he has opened as an underdog. The previous two instances were when he fought Magomed Magomedkerimov twice at PFL. Curtis lost both bouts via unanimous decision.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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