Jeffrey M. Curran (September 2, 1977) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights as a bantamweight in the Strikeforce organization. Curran has also fought for several other notable fighting organizations including: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championship, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC),International Fight League (IFL), and King of the Cage (KOTC). Curran previously fought as a featherweight until suffering back-to-back defeats to former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Mike Brown.
Curran started his path towards mixed martial arts with Karate and Tae Kwon Do as a child. He began wrestling in the 4th grade and did that until his freshman year when he began 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 X-treme Fighting Organization. Jeff appeared on the television series Tapout on Versus with fellow Team Curran pro Fighter Matt Fiordirosa.
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 division debut to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 40. His most recent fight was against Takeya Mizugaki on August 9, 2009 WEC 42; he lost by a split decision.
Move to StrikeforceEdit
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 maintains that his ultimate goal is to return to the WEC, but is 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 7th event,Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, in Chicago.
|Professional record breakdown|
|46||31 wins||12 losses|
|Joe Doherty||Bellator 14||04/15/2010||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Non-tournament bout|
|31-12-1||Win||Tomohiko Hori||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 34||12/05/2009||3||5:00||Lakemoor, Illinois, USA|
|30-12-1||Win||Dustin Neace||Submission (Broken Rib)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||11/07/2009||1||1:39||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA|
|29-12-1||Loss||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (Split)||WEC 42||08/09/2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|29-11-1||Loss||Joseph Benavidez||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 40||04/05/2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Bantamweight debut|
|29-10-1||Loss||Mike Brown||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 34||06/01/2008||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, USA|
|29-9-1||Loss||Urijah Faber||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||WEC 31||12/12/2007||2||4:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||WEC Featherweight championship|
|29-8-1||Win||Stephen Ledbetter||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 29||8/5/2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|28-8-1||Win||John Mahlow||Decision (Split)||KOTC: Damage Control||5/26/2007||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|27-8-1||Win||Kevin English||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||IFL: Moline||4/7/2007||2||1:12||Moline, Illinois, USA|
|26-8-1||Win||Donnie Walker||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||KOTC: Hard Knocks||1/19/2007||3||3:23||Rockford, Illinois, USA|
|25-8-1||Win||Rafael Assuncao||Decision (Majority)||XFO 13: Operation Beatdown||11/11/2006||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA|
|24-8-1||Win||Wagnney Fabiano||Decision (Split)||APEX: A Night of Champions||10/14/2006||3||5:00||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|23-8-1||Loss||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 12||8/26/2006||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|23-7-1||Win||Charles Bennett||Submission (Armbar)||KOTC: Redemtion on the River||2/17/2006||1||Moline, Illinois, USA|
|22-7-1||Win||Antonio Carvalho||Decision (Majority)||IHC 9: Purgatory||11/19/2005||3||5||Hammond, Indiana, USA:00|
|21-7-1||Win||Steve Kinnison||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||XFO 6: Judgement Day||6/25/2005||3||1:47||Lakemoor, Illinois, USA|
|20-7-1||Win||Luke Spencer||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SB 40: SuperBrawl 40||4/30/2005||2||2:34||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|19-7-1||Win||David Douglas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||IFC: Eve Of Destruction||3/5/2005||1||1:39||Salt Lake City, Utah, USA|
|18-7-1||Win||Jason Dent||Decision (Unanimous)||XFO 3||10/2/3004||3||5:00||McHenry, Illinois, USA|
|17-7-1||Win||Masahiro Oishi||Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)||ZST 6||9/12/2004||1||0:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|16-7-1||Win||Kimihito Nonaka||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||SB 35: SuperBrawl 35||4/16/2004||3||4:35||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|15-7-1||Win||Dan Swift||Submission (Triangle Choke)||XFO 1: The Kickoff||3/14/2004||3||0:44||Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA|
|14-7-1||Loss||Matt Serra||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 46: Supernatural||1/31/2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|14-6-1||Loss||Norifumi Yamamoto||Decision (Unanimous)||SB 29: SuperBrawl 29||5/9/2003||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|14-5-1||Win||Todd Lally||Submission (Triangle Choke)||WFA 3||11/23/2002||1||4:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|13-5-1||Win||Ryan Ackerman||Decision (Unanimous)||IHC 5: Tribulation||10/26/2002||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, USA|
|12-5-1||Win||Baret Yoshida||KO||UCC Hawaii||9/17/2002||2||2:08||Honolulu, Hawaii, USA|
|11-5-1||Win||Bao Quach||Decision (Majority)||WEC 4||8/31/2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, USA|
|10-5-1||Loss||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (Unanimous)||UCC 10||6/15/2002||3||5:00||Hull, Quebec, Canada|
|10-4-1||Win||Max Marin||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UA 1: The Genesis||1/27/2002||2||3:46||Hammond, Indiana, USA|
|9-4-1||Loss||Anthony Hamlett||KO (Elbow)||HOOKnSHOOT: Kings 2||11/18/2001||1||0:11||Evansville, Indiana, USA|
|9-3-1||Draw||Ryoji Yoshizawa||Draw||HOOKnSHOOT: Quake||3/10/2001||2||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, USA|
|9-3||Win||Jamie Webb||Submission (Strikes)||FCC 3||1/6/2001||1||2:44||USA|
|8-3||Win||Tony DeDolph||Decision (Split)||EC 31||3/24/2000||3||5:00||Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA|
|7-3||Win||Ron Matthews||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Bangkok Brawl||3/20/2000||N/A||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|6-3||Win||Sam Wells||Submission (Triangle Choke)||MAC: Midwest Absolute Challenge||12/4/1999||1||16:04||McHenry, Illinois, USA|
|5-3||Loss||Phil Johns||Submission (Strikes)||CC 4: Cage Challenge 4||9/26/1999||1||0:31||Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA|
|5-2||Loss||Phil Johns||KO||HOOKnSHOOT: Rising||6/12/1999||1||Evansville, Indiana, USA|
|5-1||Win||Charles Barron||Submission (Armbar)||CC 6: Chicago Challenge 6||5/22/1999||1||0:44||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|4-1||Win||Sam Wells||Decision||FCC 1||4/19/1999||1||15:00||USA|
|3-1||Win||Jeff Rick||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Trial||1/30/1999||1||0:44||Evansville, Indiana, USA|
|2-1||Win||Larry Koneizka||Submission (Armbar)||CC 5: Chicago Challenge 5||11/1/1998||N/A||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|1-1||Win||Mike Haltom||Submission (Armbar)||EC 17: Extreme Challenge 17||4/11/1998||1||2:58||Indianapolis, Indiana, USA|
|0-1||Loss||Henry Matamoros||Submission||EC 13: Extreme Challenge 13||1/16/1998||1||11:13||Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Dave Doyle (2009-03-01). WEC notes: Karalexis heeds wake-up call. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on 2009-03-02.
- ↑ http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9813&zoneid=2
- ↑ Ty Curran - Little Frog Born: March 19th, 2007 10:52pm
- ↑ There must be something in the water.. Suckerpunchent.com (2008-12-27). Retrieved on 2009-01-01.