While he may be a relative unknown right now, welterweight prospect Curtis Millender is looking to change that when he takes a step up in his career at Bellator 134 on Friday.
Over the course of the past two years, Millender has gotten off to an undefeated start in his first seven bouts for the Fight Club OC promotion. Looking back, he feels he’s made the right moves to be able to compete for a company like Bellator.
“I feel like I’ve improved in every fight,” Millender told MMAWeekly.com. “I get faster, I get stronger and I definitely get a lot more confident.
“I’m happy that (my fights are) all wins, but of course nothing is ever perfected. There’s always room to grow. There are always things in every fight I feel I should have done better.”
Millender (7-0) was originally scheduled to face Michael Page at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on Friday night, but will now instead face Brennan Ward (9-3) after Page suffered a cut in training that forced him out of the fight.
“I have to prove that it’s not a mistake that they picked me and I’m ready to take over the welterweight division in Bellator,” said Millender. “I might not start off fast, but it will end spectacularly, with my hand raised.”
Millender knows that a win will establish him on a bigger stage in Bellator, which is exactly where he wants to be.
“I know that after this win, every fight is going to be a tough fight,” said Millender. “Not a lot of opponents wanted to fight me before because I was at a higher level, but now that I’m at Bellator it’s not going to be the case.
“It’s only going to be tough fights from now on, and I’m happy about that.”