Standing in the octagon immediately after his impressive UFC debut in Austin on Sunday night, rangy, dangerous welterweight Curtis Millender said that he has a “hit list and everybody’s on it” but the promotional newcomer later revealed that he does have a specific opponent in mind for his next outing.
Millender came close to finishing Brazilian veteran and former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves late in the first-round at UFC Austin but couldn’t quite complete the job before the opening session’s end. In the second, however, a beautifully timed and perfectly delivered knee dropped Alves flat on his back, immediately ending the fight.
Speaking from the centre of a media scrum after returning to the backstage area later that evening, Millender once again expressed a willingness to take on any and all comers, but he added that he would really like the chance to fire some leather in Mickey Gall’s direction.
His reason for wanting to do so was a rather interesting one.
“Easy breezy; I want to fight everybody,” Millender said. “I want to be the best in the world, and to do that, I’ve got to be up there. I’ve got my welterweight hit list. Thiago’s first; anybody can get it next(via MMAJunkie).”
“I would like to beat up Mickey Gall,” added the 30-year-old. “I’m a huge WWE fan, big CM Punk fan, so I’d love to beat up Mickey Gall for that.”
Gall, of course, is the man responsible for ruining the professional MMA debut of former WWE champion Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks, as he submitted the Chicago native in just 2:14 at UFC 203 back in September of 2016. Punk has not fought since.
After beating Punk, Gall moved to 4-0 as a pro by submitting Sage Northcutt, but the talented New Jersey native subsequently came a cropper against the more experienced Randy Brown at UFC 217, losing a unanimous decision.
Gall does not have a fight scheduled at present.
Millender’s win over Alves was his seventh straight and his third consecutive victory via spectacular knockout, as it followed back-to-back head-kick KO’s in the LFA promotion. ‘Curtious’ Curtis is now 15-3 as a pro.