September 2, 1977 |
Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Big Frog|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||69 inches (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Crystal Lake, Illinois|
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Pat Curran, cousin|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jeffrey M. Curran (September 2, 1977) is a retired American mixed martial artist. He fought at a number of different weight classes for a large number of promotions including Bellator, the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE Fighting Championships, WEC, IFL, Ironheart Crown, and KOTC.
Curran started his path towards mixed martial arts with Karate and Tae Kwon Do when he was five years old. Curran has trained for 16 years and has fought for 5 years. He began wrestling in the 4th grade and did that until his freshman year when he began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jeff also says that as a teen he would box with his grandfather. Jeff holds a rank of 2nd degree black belt under professor Pedro Sauer. He is also known as one of the most technical instructors in the Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association. Jeff credits Royce Gracie as being the fighter that made him want to start.
Jeff is president and head instructor of Curran Martial Arts Academy (CMA). He is also owner and promoter of Xtreme Fighting Organization. Jeff appeared on the television series Tapout on Versus with fellow Team Curran pro Fighter Matt Fiordirosa.
World Extreme Cagefighting
After fifteen victories in sixteen fights, Curran fought Urijah Faber for the WEC featherweight championship. Faber retained his title by defeating Curran via guillotine choke. Curran then lost a pair of unanimous decisions, first to former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown and then his Bantamweight debut to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40. His most recent WEC fight was against Takeya Mizugaki on August 9, 2009 WEC 42; he lost by a split decision.
After losing 4 consecutive fights in the WEC, it was announced on October 20, 2009 that Curran had signed a two fight contract with North American promotion Strikeforce. He maintained that his ultimate goal was to return to the WEC, but was glad to still be able to fight on major cards for the time being. He made his debut for the organization as a part of the preliminary card on their November 7 event, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, in Chicago, winning over Dustin Neace by submission in the first round. Curran would later defeat Tomohiko Hori via unanimous decision at XFO 34. Curran went on to lose a unanimous decision to Bryan Goldsby in a non tournament bantamweight bout at Bellator 14.
Jeff announced that he will be featured in an upcoming documentary entitled "This is the Fight". it is expected to be released in early fall 2010. the film will be about Jeff's difficult road to try to make it back to the WEC after 4 consecutive losses to, at the time, top 5 fighters in his weight class.
Curran faced David Love at XFO 37 on December 4, 2010. Although breaking his right forearm towards the end of the fight, He was able to win the fight by unanimous decision. He underwent surgery for the injury on New Year's Day 2011.
Curran in July 2011 signed a new multi-fight contract to return to the UFC. His first fight back was against Scott Jorgensen, who was ranked the No. 4 bantamweight in the world by MMAWeekly.com at the time that Curran returned to the promotion. Curran lost by unanimous decision.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
On April 29, 2013 it was announced that Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) next card will headline Jeff Curran and Sergio Pettis for the inaugural RFA flyweight championship. However in the days leading up to the event, Curran was forced out due to personal reasons and replaced by Dillard "Joe" Pegg.
On July 20, 2013 it was announced that Keoni Koch was injured and pulled from the main event of RFA 9, Curran is now set to face Pedro Munhoz at RFA 9 on August 16, 2013 in the main event for the RFA Bantamweight Championship. Curran lost the bout via unanimous decision and announced his retirement.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|51 matches||34 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||34–16–1||Pedro Munhoz||Decision (split)||RFA 9: Munhoz vs. Curran||August 16, 2013||5||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||For the RFA Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||34–15–1||Josh Killion||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 227||May 3, 2013||3||5:00||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States||Flyweight Debut.|
|Loss||33–15–1||Johnny Eduardo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||33–14–1||Scott Jorgensen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 137||October 29, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||33–13–1||Billy Vaughan||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 39||May 13, 2011||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||32–13–1||David Love||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 37||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||31–13–1||Bryan Goldsby||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 14||April 15, 2010||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Bantamweight bout|
|Win||31–12–1||Tomohiko Hori||Decision (unanimous)||XFO 34: Curran vs. Hori||December 5, 2009||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Win||30–12–1||Dustin Neace||Submission (rib injury)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||1||1:39||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||Lightweight bout|
|Loss||29–12–1||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (split)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||29–11–1||Joseph Benavidez||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Bantamweight debut|
|Loss||29–10–1||Mike Brown||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 34||June 1, 2008||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||29–9–1||Urijah Faber||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 31||December 12, 2007||2||4:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||29–8–1||Stephen Ledbetter||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 29||August 5, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–8–1||John Mahlow||Decision (split)||KOTC: Damage Control||May 26, 2007||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||27–8–1||Kevin English||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL: Moline||April 7, 2007||2||1:12||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||26–8–1||Donny Walker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Hard Knocks||January 19, 2007||3||3:23||Rockford, Illinois, United States|
|Win||25–8–1||Raphael Assunção||Decision (majority)||XFO 13: Operation Beatdown||November 11, 2006||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||24–8–1||Wagnney Fabiano||Decision (split)||APEX: A Night of Champions||October 14, 2006||3||5:00||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||23–8–1||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||23–7–1||Charles Bennett||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Redemtion on the River||February 17, 2006||1||3:23||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||22–7–1||Antonio Carvalho||Decision (majority)||IHC 9: Purgatory||November 19, 2005||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||21–7–1||Steve Kinnison||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFO 6: Judgement Day||June 25, 2005||3||1:47||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|Win||20–7–1||Luke Spencer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SuperBrawl 40||April 30, 2005||2||2:34||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||19–7–1||David Douglas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IFC: Eve Of Destruction||March 5, 2005||1||1:39||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||18–7–1||Jason Dent||Decision (unanimous)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 3||October 2, 2004||3||5:00||McHenry, Illinois, United States|
|Win||17–7–1||Masahiro Oishi||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Zst 6||September 12, 2004||1||0:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–7–1||Kimihito Nonaka||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SuperBrawl 35||April 16, 2004||3||4:35||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||15–7–1||Dan Swift||Submission (triangle choke)||XFO 1: The Kickoff||March 14, 2004||3||0:44||Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||14–7–1||Matt Serra||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lightweight bout|
|Loss||14–6–1||Norifumi Yamamoto||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 29||May 9, 2003||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||14–5–1||Todd Lally||Submission (triangle choke)||WFA 3: Level 3||November 23, 2002||1||4:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–5–1||Ryan Ackerman||Decision (unanimous)||IHC 5: Tribulation||October 26, 2002||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12–5–1||Baret Yoshida||KO (punch)||UCC Hawaii: Eruption in Hawaii||September 17, 2002||2||2:08||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||11–5–1||Bao Quach||Decision (majority)||WEC 4||August 31, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||10–5–1||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (unanimous)||UCC 10: Battle for the Belts 2002||June 15, 2002||3||5:00||Hull, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||10–4–1||Max Marin||Submission (triangle choke)||UA 1: The Genesis||January 27, 2002||2||3:46||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||9–4–1||Anthony Hamlett||KO (elbow)||HOOKnSHOOT: Kings 2||November 18, 2001||1||0:11||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Draw||9–3–1||Ryoji Yoshizawa||Draw||HOOKnSHOOT: Quake||March 10, 2001||2||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–3||Jamie Webb||Submission (punches)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 3||January 6, 2001||1||2:44||N/A|
|Win||8–3||Tony DeDolph||Decision (split)||Extreme Challenge 31||March 24, 2000||3||5:00||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||7–3||Ron Matthews||Submission (triangle choke)||Bangkok Brawl||March 20, 2000||N/A||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||6–3||Sam Wells||Submission (triangle choke)||Midwest Absolute Challenge||December 4, 1999||1||16:04||McHenry, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Phil Johns||Submission (strikes)||Cage Combat 4||September 26, 1999||1||0:31||Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Phil Johns||KO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: Rising||June 12, 1999||1||N/A||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–1||Charles Barron||Submission (armbar)||Chicago Challenge 6||May 22, 1999||1||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–1||Sam Wells||Decision||Freestyle Combat Challenge 1||April 19, 1999||1||15:00||N/A|
|Win||3–1||Jeff Rick||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Trial||January 30, 1999||1||0:44||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–1||Larry Koneizka||Submission (armbar)||Chicago Challenge 5||November 1, 1998||1||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–1||Mike Haltom||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 17||April 11, 1998||1||2:58||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Henry Matamoros||Submission||Extreme Challenge 13||January 16, 1998||1||11:13||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States|
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