Jeff Curran Planning to Fight in May, Gunning for UFC Return

By Kelsey Mowatt

It’s been seven years since Jeff Curran stepped into the Octagon, and after competing in various notable organizations like Strikeforce, Bellator FC and World Extreme Cagefighting since, the 33 year-old-fighter is determined to make his UFC return in 2011. Of course, lots has changed since Curran lost a lightweight bout by unanimous decision to Matt Serra at UFC 46, in January, 2004. Not only can Curran compete for the UFC at a weight much more suited for his natural frame, the sport’s popularity has exploded, and he could do so with more fanfare and media coverage. In other words, it’s no wonder the accomplished vet is eager to become a UFC bantamweight.

“I don’t deal with them directly right now. I’m too much of an annoyance; I’d call them every day,” Curran told FCF, while discussing the prospect of returning to the UFC. “I just handed that over to management and my manager from Sucker Punch, Brian, he’s in touch with them, Monte Cox is in touch with them too; Sean Shelby has made it clear I’m on their radar to get picked back up.”

While Curran (32-13-1) is one of the United States most experienced bantamweight fighters and has gone 3-1 in his last four bouts, “The Big Frog” is also coming off a stint in the WEC where he dropped four straight fights. The Illinois fighter understands that another win or two outside the Zuffa organization is in order, before he’s invited back.

“I’ve got some instructions though, I have to win and I have to win impressively,” said Curran. “I have to show that I’m not slowing down with age, experience and all that. I have to get back to a finishing ratio.”


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