Curtis Millender doesn’t feel KB Bhullar poses any real threat heading into Unified MMA 46 co-main event

Curtis Millender
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Some of North America’s best are set to shine when Unified MMA returns to the River Cree Resort and Casino this Friday night.

Another exhilarating night of fights will lead to a co-main event showdown at middleweight between two UFC veterans when Edmonton’s own KB Bhullar (11-4) welcomes California’s Curtis Millender (18-9) to the cage at Unified MMA 46.

It was back to the drawing board for Millender, 34, after he came up short against Jared Gooden back in April. He said that fight was a great learning experience that helped prepare him for the next stage of his career.

“I feel great at 185 now. Even that answer is cliche, of course I’m exhausted from camp, but I’m ready to cut this weight, beat him up and head back home,” Millender said in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I think the biggest thing being at 185, the power is noticeable. From my last fight at 185 I knew I had to put on some size. I was just way undersized the power difference was big. With KB, I don’t feel like I’ll have those same issues as far as power. I don’t look at him and see a muscular, monster of a man. I feel like he’s the 185 version of me at 170. More speed and technique, not so much big power.”

Millender, who spent the majority of his career at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds, has had the opportunity to bulk up ahead of his second go at 185 pounds. He’s excited to showcase the work he’s put in.

“I think I’ve done a good job in terms of putting on size,” Millender explained.

“I’m cutting the same amount of weight as when I was going to welterweight. I feel like I’ve built myself into this frame and I think I’ve made the adjustments I need to make. He’s definitely not going to out-technique me. There’s nothing that’s going to surprise me.”

Millender isn’t expecting an easy fight by any means on Friday night, but he feels he has the tools to make it a smooth day at the office.

With multiple fights across major promotions including the UFC, Bellator and PFL, Millender will look to lean on his wealth of experience.

“I’m watching his fights on a daily basis,” Millender said.

“When I say he’s not a big threat, I don’t mean it in a disrespectful way. But I’ve definitely sparred better kickboxers and I’ve fought more skilled guys. I am taking this fight very seriously, but I know I have the right skill set to come out on top in this one.”

With some impressive finishes on his resume already, Millender is looking to add to his highlight reel and become the first to stop Bhullar inside the Unified MMA cage.

When it comes to preparation, Millender has focused solely on what he’ll be able to control come fight night.

“I just focus on myself, I know my skill set. It might be later in my career but I know I have a lot of tools,” Millender explained.

“It’s time for me to use the tools I never really get to show. The plan is to out-strike him, land some nasty head kicks and make him uncomfortable where he thinks he’s comfortable. I’m looking for anything that is highlight worthy. As long as I do what I need to do and if I create the opportunities I need to create, I’ll be straight.”

Friday night will be Millender’s first time competing in Canada. Taking on the hometown fighter, it’s expected the crowd won’t be in his corner. But with over 25 professional fights under his belt, it’s not unfamiliar territory for Millender.

“A hostile crowd doesn’t bother me. I’ve been there before,” Millender explained.

“I just go out there and do what I gotta do. I don’t care who’s watching. I’m going to be me, my ego is going to be big. I’m still going to be the same. I wouldn’t say arrogant but very confident in my abilities. I’ll feed off the boos and they’re probably not going to like me after I piece up their boy anyway, so as long as they respect me after it doesn’t matter.”

Millender’s shoutouts

“My entire team, all my coaches, all my family and everybody that’s ever supported me.” Follow Millender on social media: TWITTER, INSTAGRAM

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