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Jeff Curran ready to make most of second chance

Over seven years ago, Jeff Curran stepped inside the Octagon and faced Matt Serra in his UFC debut. Curran lost a decision to Serra and was out of the organization a month later.

Now, Curran is set to make his return when he faces Scott Jorgensen Saturday night at UFC 137 from Las Vegas, Nevada. The Curran-Jorgensen bout has been added to the PPV portion of the card due to all the recent changes with the lineup due to injury.

Curran, however, almost didn’t accept the fight with Jorgensen due to his coaching obligations. One of Curran’s students, Bart Palaszewski, was also placed on the UFC 137 card and would be forced to go to war against Tyson Griffin without his friend and mentor if Curran took the fight. So, the coach was forced to make an unwanted phone call.

“I’m Bart’s coach, his mentor, his leader, his best friend, and I’m a lot of roles with him. Even though this is the biggest opportunity of my career, of course I’m hoping he says, ‘Yeah, man, do it.’ And I know Bart well enough to know that, but I still give that respect to say, ‘If this is not gonna fly with you, I won’t do it,'” said Curran, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “It’s really nice to kinda know where my opportunity lies and not be wondering what’s next and all that kinda stuff, so everything starts to fall in place.”

Palaszewski, of course, said yes, and the two have been working side-by-side in preparation of bringing two wins back home with them to Island Lake, Illinois. The Palaszewski-Griffin fight will be part of the Spike TV “UFC Prelims” special that airs an hour before the PPV begins.

After years of working to get back to the UFC, Curran knows that this fight with Jorgensen is a sink-or-swim situation for him, saying, “I’ve got everything to gain and everything to lose from it, so I’m gonna let it all hang out.”


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