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Jeff Curran Signs UFC Deal


Jeff Curran

When Jeff Curran entered the arena for his XFO 39 fight against Billy Vaughan, his manager was right behind him, holding high a blue UFC hat and pointing at the logo emblazoned on the front. The message was clear: Jeff Curran wants back in the UFC.

He’s getting his wish. Curran confirmed to us that he did indeed sign a multi-fight deal with the UFC, as first reported by MMA Junkie.

MMA Junkie also reports that Curran’s first opponent on the new deal will be Scott Jorgensen at UFC 137. That event will feature GSP vs. Nick Diaz, and takes place October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

It’s one of the feel-good stories of the year in MMA. Curran is one of the most respected martial artists in the game, and has had to overcome quite a bit of adversity to make it back to MMA’s biggest stage.

He endured a four-fight losing streak in the WEC, a broken arm and  then surgery to fix that arm. When he enters the Octagon in October, it will have been over seven years since his last UFC appearance.

“It’s been a long road back but I am more game than ever,” Curran told Chicago’s MMA. “It’s time to live up to my own expectations of myself and make all the sacrifices and ups and downs worth it.”

He’ll get ready for the Jorgensen fight at Curran Martial Arts in Crystal Lake, saying he doesn’t feel the need to go train at another gym like Miguel Torres and other fighters have done.

“I will be doing my training at Team Curran as always. If I need a getaway from business or work then I would go spend time training at ATT [American Top Team] or with one of my other affiliated teams. But I’ll probably stay home 100% because I got the best guys [training partners] I could ask for right at home,” Curran said.

Curran will have his hands full with the dynamic Jorgensen, who rattled off five straight wins before fighting Dominick Cruz for the WEC bantamweight title. Jorgensen lost that bout in a lopsided, unanimous decision, but he is a very dangerous opponent with knockout power and a solid ground game. He needed little time to get back to his winning ways when he beat Ken Stone via TKO in his first UFC fight at the TUF 13 finale.

Curran will enjoy both a height and reach advantage against Jorgensen, something he didn’t always have when he fought at 145. If he beats Jorgensen, he immediately thrusts himself into contender discussion.

After he beat Vaughan at XFO 39, he laid down the law in a post-fight interview. “You’ll never see me in the XFO again,” Curran said. “If the UFC doesn’t want me then I’m done.” The UFC called. And that’s good news for Curran and fight fans.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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