MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Damon Martin confirmed with sources with knowledge of the news that Hawes has declined a middleweight bout with last-second replacement Chris Curtis, which was officially announced by the UFC at the official weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC Vegas 39 card. Curtis was stepping in on a day’s notice for Deron Winn, who withdrew due to non-weight related health issues.
This was to be Curtis’ UFC debut. The 34-fight veteran has previously competed primarily at welterweight for several notable promotions, including the PFL, and was victorious in a June 2018 Contender Series appearance but was not awarded with a UFC contract. He is currently on a five-fight win streak.
Curtis successfully weighed in Friday morning at 184.5 pounds. As of this writing, Hawes has not showed up at the official weigh-ins, and with the fight apparently off, is not expected to.
Hawes has won seven straight fights and is unbeaten in his first three UFC appearances.