Chris Curtis (15-5) will fight locally for the first time since 2015, as he is set to face Portland Pringle (10-6) for the inaugural welterweight title at Premier MMA Championship 3 next weekend in Covington, Kentucky.
Pringle, the CES MMA welterweight champion, brings in a two-fight winning streak, and he has won five of his last six. Most recently, he defended his title at CES MMA 42 in March, as he topped Wilfredo Santiago via TKO in the second round. Curtis is inching toward a potential shot in the UFC, and an impressive win over a veteran like Pringle could put him over the hump.
Pringle has won his last three fights, including a victory over JD Domengeaux last September that earned him the Odyssey Fights welterweight title. All nine of his wins have come via stoppage, so he’ll be looking to finish Curtis in this one.
In another pro bout, Nathan Maness (7-0) has stepped up on short notice and will take on Marc McDonald (3-2) in a featherweight bout.
Maness continues to jump weight classes, as his last fight was a win over Brandon Bell at lightweight. He hasn’t lost in his MMA career dating back to his amateur days, and he possess a 17-0 overall record.
McDonald is looking to gain his footing as a pro, as he has alternated wins and losses since graduating from the amateur ranks in 2015. He looks to win back-to-back fights for the first time as a pro, as he topped Chris Coggins via TKO at Premier MMA Championship 1 in his last outing in February.
Premier MMA Championship 3 takes place at the Radission Hotel in Covington just outside of Cincinnati on May 27. The card will stream live via FloCombat. Check out the current lineup below.
Chris Curtis vs. Portland Pringle – Welterweight Title
Marc McDonald vs. Nathan Maness
Dylan Farris vs. Cody Harris – Title
Cody Riggs vs. Cody Kessinger
Septien Fields vs. Maya Stewart
William Conner Jr vs. Cody Mompher
Khadija Mulla vs. Yoko Kowaas
Shawn Davis vs. Jason Cable
Alphonso Allen vs. Christopher Anness
Emmanuel Kiper vs. Blake Golden
Cameron Taylor vs. Ryan Hutchinson
Jair Pena vs. Bee Rosvanis
Warren Mullins vs. Talon Knisley
Dustin Purcell vs. Matthew Reidy
Nathan Hedrick vs. Jeffrey Wipfel
Andy Locker vs. Dominic Hipshir
Jeremy Langley vs. DJ Smith
Dillan Farris vs. Jacob Ray