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Chris Curtis doubles down after UFC London loss to Jack Hermansson but admits ‘tonight I choked’

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UFC middleweight Chris Curtis’ frustration over a loss to Jack Hermansson continued to simmer after UFC London.

Curtis doubled down on his anger toward Hermansson, writing on Twitter, “What a fucking waste of everyone’s time” in the aftermath of his decision loss in the co-headliner of Saturday’s fight card at The O2.

“Sorry London I tried,” he wrote. “Should have preped [sic] for a track meet instead.”

Later, after receiving hundreds of angry replies from fans pointing to his own actions in the fight, Curtis appeared to take some responsibility for the result and even poke a bit of fun at himself.

Frustrating night for sure. Couldn’t get going. Just felt flat. Nobody ever wants to be the guy to admit it but it looks like tonight I choked. Couldn’t make the adjustments and let myself get frustrated. Sucks guys. Feels bad. But no injuries, no damage. A lot to learn going forward. Wasn’t the fight I expected or wanted but from a technical standpoint he had the right game plan and I just wasn’t prepared or able to adjust. Frustrating to travel to the other side of the planet to fucking choke in your biggest moment.

But we knew this was a big risk going in. Sometimes you win big. And sometimes you are Goose and crash and burn horribly. Tonight was one of those nights. But the love and support from the Fans in London post fight has been great. Tonight I got to play the nail. Dems the breaks.

Curtis flipped the double-bird to Hermansson at the final bell, and the two exchanged insults as referee Marc Goddard stayed between them to ensure the confrontation didn’t escalate. Curtis mocked Hermansson after his profane gesture, running across the octagon as corners and additional officials walked inside.

Hermansson, who initially was scheduled to face Darren Till before an injury forced the Brit to withdraw, used his height and reach to keep Curtis at bay. In the second round, he wobbled Curtis with a head-kick and a flurry of punches. Curtis rallied in Round 3, capturing the frame on the scorecards of two of three judges’ scorecards, but it wasn’t enough to win the day; Hermansson took home the decision via 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 tallies.

Hermansson later apologized for his behavior after the fight, but Curtis appeared to need more time to compose himself.

Curtis suffered the first loss of his UFC career after a trio of octagon wins and an eight-fight winning streak. Hermansson rebounded after a split decision loss to Sean Strickland in his previous outing.

Later on Saturday, Curtis continued to simmer down and playfully gave Hermansson his respect.

Stupid Jack Hermansson is really a nice guy and now I feel worse. Stupid friendly Jack Hermansson...

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