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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.”


  • Welcome back Big Frog!…this should be a sweet fight…I dont even want to pick a winner due to my love for both of these two.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I like both of these guys too, but I just like Jorgensen a bit better and I’m hoping he gets the W. But even if Curran does end up losing, I hope they keep him in the UFC for at least a couple more fights. The 135 division has good talent, but it could still use the addition of an experienced, wiley veteran like Curran. And since both of these guys have been on a decision spree, I don’t think either of these guys is in much trouble of being put away.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I got Jorgensen

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  • Guthookd says:

    His last four fights have been decisions, all against no namers. He won most of ‘em but lost the one in Bellator. If you look at his extensive record he has lost to almost every opponent of note, save a couple good Japaneese fighters.

    I think they’re bringing him in to lose (again), and I think that’s what he’s going to do.

    Jorgensen for the FINISH.

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