by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Following a rough run against a tough slate of opposition that culminated in his exit from World Extreme Cagefighting, Jeff “Big Frog” Curran will resurface on the undercard of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on Nov. 7 to face up-and-comer Sam Thao.
FiveOuncesofPain.com first reported the bout on Wednesday, citing sources close to the fight. MMAWeekly.com subsequently confirmed the fight with Curran Wednesday afternoon.
Taking place in his backyard of Chicago, the bout marks Curran’s first of a two-fight, non-exclusive contract with Strikeforce. Curran (29-12-1) lost his last four fights – to Takeya Mizugaki, Joseph Benavidez, Mike Brown, and Urijah Faber – and will be looking to rebound before heading XFO 34 on Dec. 5.
Thao (4-1) is a tough Midwestern prospect that may actually be giving up a little bit of size to Curran. Facing a huge deficit in experience, this will be Thao’s most high profile fight to date.
While Curran typically draws well at the gate, the bout is expected to be on the non-CBS portion of the fight card.
The main event features Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers in a heavyweight elimination bout, possibly determining a contender to Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem for an early 2010 title bout.