- CAMP REPORT: TEAM CURRAN

February 27, 2008
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by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
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(Top:
Patrick Curran; Bottom: Jeff & Patrick Curran / Photos courtesy of Thomas
Michael Rozdzynski, ThruMyEye.com)

 

 

“BIG
FROG” TO RETURN IN JUNE

 

Jeff
Curran is expected to return to World Extreme Cagefighting in June.

 

“I
have been told that I may be facing Mike Brown of American Top Team on the June
1 show.  That card is a ways away so I hope I am fighting for sure because
it’s going to be almost a seven-month layoff.  I am used to fighting six
times a year,” said Curran. “I am training right now, working on my strength
and flexibility and letting things heal up a bit.”

Curran
is coming off of a loss to WEC 145-pound champion Urijah Faber in December of
last year.

 

 

FAMILY
BUSINESS – PAT CURRAN SUCCESSFUL IN HIS PRO MMA DEBUT

 

Patrick
Curran, cousin of Top 10 featherweight Jeff Curran, made his professional MMA
debut last weekend at XFO 22. The 20-year-old fighter took on last second
replacement Tony Hervey in featherweight action. Curran defeated his opponent
by rear naked choke in the opening round.

 

“Oh,
it was awesome.  I was way more nervous than any other fight I have done,
so it was definitely a nice feeling to come away with a win,” revealed
Curran.  “I wanted to finish the fight in round one and I did just
that.  I can’t wait for my next one.

 

“I
think my performance was great.  I would have liked to stand and trade
punches a bit, but after I circled with him I decided to take him down to my
world and be safe about it.”

 

Patrick
looks forward to his second pro fight on April 25 at XFO 23. The guys at Tapout
will be present to shoot footage of the event for a future episode.

 

“Tapout
is coming to film my cousin Patrick on the April 25 XFO card.  It’s
awesome,” said Jeff.  “They are really looking to build fighters and get
their names out there.”

 

 

STUMPF
REBOUNDS, LOOKS AHEAD

 

Mike
Stumpf rebounded with a submission victory over veteran Dennis Reed at XFO 22.

 

“He
came out swinging and he was a little bigger than me.  He was tricky and
always tried to advance position. Once we hit the ground, I went for a triangle
and had to transition to an armbar,” explained Stumpf.  “Reed has tons of experience,
so it was a good test for me to see where I fall in the mix of things overall.”

 

Prior
to the win, Stumpf was unsuccessful in his attempt to take the XFO middleweight
belt away from current champion Ryan Williams. When asked about a rematch, Stumpf
welcomed the idea and also gave some insight into his future plans.

 

“If
it [rematch] comes, yeah!  That would be nice.  I am looking further
into the future for my career, but a win over Williams for the XFO title would
be a good step forward for sure,” said Stumpf.

 

“Honestly,
right now I want to fight Kevin Knabjian.  We were set to fight in this
last show, but it was put off until April 25.  I am looking for my spot in
the WEC and he is looking to return there as well.  I want to beat him and
prove to the WEC I am ready to step up to their show.”

 

 

XFO
– “THE SMALL SHOW WITH BIG FIGHTS”

 

Jeff
Curran is one of the busiest guys in MMA. He’s a father, a fighter, a gym
owner, and he runs his own fight organization. Xtreme Fighting Organization has
been hosting shows in Illinois for the last four years. Curran talked about how
the XFO was created and his role in the organization.

 

“A
few years ago on a flight to Japan, Monte Cox and I were sitting business class
and relaxing.  I mentioned to him the idea of pairing up in my town to do
an Extreme Challenge.  I had done a couple small shows with my friend and
current partner, Dan Lardy, so promoting was something I enjoyed and it had
potential to make revenue to support my gym,” he recalled. “Monte agreed
to do an Extreme Challenge (51 to be exact) and split it 50/50 with me. 
That show was a huge success.  I made great money, we had eight fights and
all fights were awesome.

 

“Basically,
that whole show was high level and the fans loved it.  We had good
momentum.  We did one more Extreme Challenge and then Monte said we should
keep the show separate because Extreme Challenges are famous for featuring a
lot of the fighters he manages, like the days of Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn,
Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, and me. So, let’s start another show because we can
open it up to a whole new mix of fighters without jeopardizing the success of
Extreme Challenge.  We wanted to try a few different things and he didn’t
want to intrude on the existing brand name that is Extreme Challenge.

 

“I
came up with the name XFO and asked Monte if we can bring in my partner Dan
Lardy, since he was running the show anyhow.  Monte agreed and it has been
an equal split ever since.  I have the role of President basically, if you
wanted to title it. To be honest, I don’t handle much of the day to day
operations.  I sit back and train fighters that sell tickets and win
fights.  I consult with them on certain things like venue choice,
specifics, etc. But, I really leave the matchmaking up to them. So in a
nutshell my role is management and consulting.”

 

 

BARTIMUS
LOOKS FOR REVENGE

 

Bart
Palaszewski is scheduled to face Deividas Taurosevicius on April 4, a rematch
from last season’s International Fight League finals.  The two fighters first
met in September of last year and Taurosevicius was victorious via armbar.

 

“If
he wins this, he faces the winner of Ryan Schultz and John Gunderson.  He
is training hard and ready to rock,” commented Jeff Curran.

 

 

MOHR
RECOVERING

 

Ultimate
Fighting Championship veteran Nate Mohr is currently rehabilitating his knee
after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments. He suffered the injury
during his fight against Manny Gamburyan at UFC 79.

 

"He
was no threat to my ankle at all. I have spent a lot of time on foot locks
since my fight with Kurt [Pellegrino],” explained Mohr shortly after the fight.
“I saw an opening and I was getting ready to throw some hard shots to his face.
As I sat up, he made a small adjustment and my knee just popped. I screamed at
first reaction and the ref stopped it. I never tapped. I will do my rehab, rest
it up and be back in the mix.”

 

Mohr
is eagerly waiting for the green light from the doctor that will allow him to
train again. After he is healthy, it may be possible for him to take a tune-up
in the XFO before returning to the Octagon.

 

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