Curtis and Buckley competed in the opening bout on the ESPN2 preliminary card of UFC 282 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Buckley was very active in the first round, and most of the second, seemingly doubling up Curtis’ volume on the feet. After a Buckley body kick attempt was caught, Curtis delivered a blistering left hand that dropped his once teammate before some vicious ground and pound led to referee Jason Herzog calling it at 2:49 of Round 2.
Check out the video of the finish below.
“The Action Man” got back on track after losing a unanimous decision to Jack Hermansson at UFC London in July. Since signing with the UFC, Curtis is 4-1 inside the octagon, which includes stoppages of Brendan Allen and Phil Hawes.
With the loss, Buckley is on a losing streak for the first time in his career.