by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Widely considered as one of the top 145-pound fighters in the world, Jeff Curran looks to make an impressive debut in the WEC’s featherweight division. The “Big Frog” recently signed an exclusive 4-fight contract with the Zuffa-owned organization and is expected to have his next fight in August.
“Basically, I had a 2-fight deal with Pride that ended in September of this year and I had no idea when the next fight was coming,” explained Curran. “Monte [Cox] and I always have wanted to have a good showing in a 145 lbs. division like the WEC has going on. I pushed for Monte to make the deal with the WEC, but had to wait until the Zuffa/Pride deal was final. The day it was done I was in. I got my contract the very next day and we are ready to rock!”
Having fought in Pride, UFC, ZST, and the IFL, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is one of the most experienced featherweight fighters today. Curran has been victorious in his last five outings and holds notable wins over Wagnney Fabiano, Charles Bennett and Antonio Carvalho.
“I am so happy,” elated the Illinois resident. “For years it’s been ‘jump from show to show’ and all I really wanted to do is have a home; a place where I can work my tail off in order to become a world champ. It makes me feel that all the 145’ers in the world are going to get a main stage to show their stuff. All in all, this just makes every fighter in my weight class that much better and motivated to win. The quality is going through the roof from here on out and I am happy as hell to be a part of it.”
The WEC’s emphasis on the lighter weight classes has been well-received and the organization is poised to showcase some of the best talent in the world. The addition of Jeff Curran bolsters the WEC’s 145-pound division and can only add to its momentum.
With a new deal in place, the 29-year old fighter made it known who he ultimately wanted to face in the future. “Faber,” stated Curran. “Urijah Faber has the status of being the best 145-pounder in the world right now. He has a record that’s hard to match and has some strong points that are dangerous to anyone in the world, even at 155. I am ready to fight anyone I need to in order to get to him.”
“I definitely want to thank all six of my fans out there. They have been a loyal few, but they are fans none the less. I aim to gain more fans here in the U.S. as the WEC takes full force from here on out. I am training very well right now and I am injury free. You should be seeing me in August.”