by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A pivotal bantamweight match-up has been confirmed for the upcoming World Extreme Cagefighting card set for April 5, as former featherweight contender, Jeff “Big Frog” Curran takes on up and coming star, Joseph Benavidez, in a 135lb contest that could determine the next title contender.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Monday.
While the fight between Curran and Benavidez is set to go, the card slated for an April 5 date has not been officially announced by the WEC and no location is known for the show at this time.
Making his official MMA debut at 135lbs, Curran will look to establish himself quickly in a growing division that currently has Miguel Torres perched as the champion and one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world.
Curran last fought in June 2007 losing a decision to eventual 145lb champion, Mike Brown, and after the bout, the veteran fighter announced his intentions to drop to the bantamweight division.
Originally slated to fight in December, Curran suffered an injury that forced him out of his bout and now he is set to return in April with a very tough opponent as his first test at 135lbs.
Joseph Benavidez is a major prospect who debuted with the WEC in December, defeating Danny Martinez by unanimous decision.
A training partner of former featherweight king Urijah Faber, Benavidez made a splash last year when he was set to face popular Japanese fighter, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, in Dream, but when an injury subdued his opponent, he instead submitted replacement Junya Kudo in impressive fashion.
The fight between Curran and Benavidez is set to take place the same night a rumored bout between Torres and Brian Bowles for the 135lb title is set to take place, and the winner of the afore mentioned fight should be in line for the next title shot.