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BIG FROG LEAPS BACK INTO XFO CAGE

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Despite dropping his last fight, a decision to Takeya Mizugaki in WEC, Crystal Lake’s Jeff Curran has lots to look forward to in the immediate future.

Curran will once again fight in the promotion he co-owns and promotes, The X-treme Fighting Organization.  The former WEC feather/bantamweight will headline the XFO’s December event against an opponent to be named.  He is undefeated in the XFO cage sporting a record of 4-0.

Curran also has two other big announcements he was proud to make.  First, the Big Frog will hop over the Atlantic to compete next week in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club at Barcelona, Spain.  The ADCC is considered world’s top no-gi submission wrestling tournament.  Many of MMA’s top submission artists compete in this invitation only grappling tournament including: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Rani Yahya, Fabricio Werdum, Gabriel Gonzaga and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

Curran’s good friend Marcello Garcia is one of the best competitors ever in ADCC.  He is the top seed in the  76.9 kg and under division, having won the title in this class the last three times.  Curran, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Pedro Sauer, will compete in the 65.9 kg and under division which also includes WEC fighters Rani Yahya(the top seed) and Urijah Faber.

Another Chicago-based BJJ practioner is heading to Spain for the big tourney, women’s champion Hanette Staack.  She trains at Carlson Gracie Jr.’s academy in Old Town.  Staack is the top seed in the women’s 60 kg and over division.  Strikeforce women’s champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos is also competing in this division.

Curran’s other big announcement was the return of Matt “Sunshine” Fiordirosa to the Curran Academy.  Fiordirosa gained fame from his memorable appearance in the first season of the Tapout show.  “Sunshine” has been out of MMA competition for a while.  He was supposed to fight in the Ironheart Crown last November, but his opponent Steve Kinnison dropped out.  No word on Fiordirosa’s next fight, however he will coach wrestling at Curran’s school.

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