Jeff Curran is a guy who’s been in MMA for a long time now and he hopes to make it back to the UFC with his recent drop to 125 lbs.
At 35 years old, Curran has been around the block to just about every MMA competition there is. Bellator, UFC, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce and IFL just to name a few. In a week Curran is heading back to his roots, where it all began, Extreme Challenge. This just happens to be one of the longest running promotions for MMA as well.
But this isn’t the big story, the story is that Curran is doing it at flyweight. It’s not uncommon that a fighter will drop weight and subsequently change classes (like we reported in a previous article here.) Dropping from bantamweight to flyweight doesn’t even seem like a huge deal either, it’s only 10 lbs. But Curran has been considered a longtime featherweight (145 lbs) and has fought at lightweight (155 lbs) going back to November 2009. That is what’s raising the question, is it a good move for him to be dropping a total of 30 lbs and 3 weight classes? What is his ideal weight?
Curran seems to think differently, “125 is where I belonged my whole career, I believe. I’m really little now.”
Curran will debut at Extreme Challenge 227 in Iowa. Just to give some perspective on how long Extreme Challenge and Curran have been in the game, Curran’s first pro fight was in 1998 at Extreme Challenge 13.
Curran’s plan to cut to 125 didn’t go as smooth as he wanted to
“The initial cut was going great in the early summer (2012) before needing to undergo hand surgery on each of my hands. That was a big setback. Then the day I returned to training three months later, I ruptured my LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in my knee. It was a huge test of my commitment to even want to fight again, to be honest. That lasted about a day. Then I just began to diet and do what I could until healed.”
Curran believe’s he belongs in flyweight 100 percent but he’s going to get there by doing the proper work and the rest will fall into place. “I need impressive wins to prove that the weight class is a place I can get back to finishing a fight. I’ll let the results do the talking this time.”
We certainly wish him luck! What do you think? Is this a good or bad move for Curran?