Chris Curtis competed on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 9 and despite an emphatic knockout win over Sean Lally, was not offered a UFC contract.
With no UFC contract and a broken hand during the fight, it was revealed by Curtis that he was retiring from MMA competition.
That announcement was made by Curtis through Facebook:
Curtis knew almost four months earlier that he was going to retire if a UFC contract offer wasn’t on the way.
“I knew four months ago if it didn’t work out that this was it,” said Curtis to MMA Fighting. “After my last fight, we were kind of holding out for the Contender thing so in the camp for my last fight I was like, I’m going to go through with this and if it doesn’t work out then that’s it. I’m 30 years old, I’ll be 31 in July. It’s too old to be a prospect. Honestly, it’s kind of BS. I put more time in than those people on the freakin’ roster, I don’t know what I’ve had to do, so I knew months ago that if it didn’t work out that was it for me.”
The welterweight standout went 19-5-0 as a professional MMA fighter, while holding titles in such promotions as CES MMA, Premier MMA Championship and Z Promotions.