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Jeff Curran joining WEC’s bantamweight division

While speaking during the opening of his new fight gym in Crystal Lake, Ill. this past weekend, WEC competitor Jeff Curran made the announcement that he will be dropping down to promotion’s bantamweight division, according to an article on

Nicknamed “The Big Frog,” Curran is 30-10-1, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. He has competed for PRIDE, the IFL, and King of the Cage promotions in the past. Since returning to the WEC under Zuffa’s ownership, he has posted a 1-2 record.

After recording a unanimous decision victory over Stephen Ledbetter in his WEC debut at WEC 29, Curran fought WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber at WEC 31, where he tapped out to Faber in the second round due to a guillotine choke. He returned at WEC 34 in June, where he lost a unanimous decision to Mike Thomas Brown.

Curran is ranked as a top-ten featherweight by most of the top major websites but still believes that a move from 145 pounds to 135 pounds makes sense.

“I think that the fast pace and the real high technical level is a great fit for me,” Curran is quoted as saying. “The talent pool in that division is sick.”

The division’s talent pool currently includes WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres and top contenders such as former champion Chase Beebe, Brian Bowles, Manny Tapia, Yoshiro Maeda, Damacio Page, Antonio Banuelos, and Scott Jorgenson.

  • ThatsRowdy says:

    I think that this is a great move on Jeff’s part; I think he can really do some damage in the bantamweight division!!!

    I train at Jeff’s facility and it is absolutly huge; he really pulled out all the stops and made this such an amazing place to train and learn from the best.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    How much weight will he have to cut to make 135?

  • Boston Blackie says:

    He’ll definitely give Torres even more competition, but I don’t think it’ll help. Best of luck. That’s a lot of dropping he’s done.

  • skwirrl says:

    He can easily make this. I talked to him at an afterparty post WEC 34 and he said that he felt 135 was the place for him and he could make it without too much of a struggle. He felt he was getting outmuscled by guys cutting from around 160, *cough Mike Brown working the pass’n’pray + hammerfists*, and now that there was a place where he could fight his natural weight he was gonna give it a shot.


  • Big Frog says:

    thanks guys. more than anything, i am looking for some change. i can’t afford to fall into any more of bad patterns in my career. somthing drastic like this will hopefully keep me on my toes. its new competition and the chance of facing someone i have before is very slim to none. i think that Torres has the best record out of all WEC and UFC champs and i plan on a tango with him eventually. We are friends and makes for a huge fight for Chicago and the entire division… i hope to impress everyone with this move and show the best of me yet!!!


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