After winning his flyweight debut this past weekend at Extreme Challenge 227,  Jeff Curran has started the latest chapter in his 15 year career off well, one that he hopes ends with a UFC win.

The 35 year-old veteran has lost all three of his Octagon appearances to date, the first via unanimous decision to Matt Serra all the way back in 2004, before returning to the organization in 2011 and incurring UD losses to Scott Jorgensen and most recently Johnny Eduardo.

Although Curran has competed for various organizations throughout his accomplished career, and defeated many talented fighters along the way, he recently told MMA that: “Until I win in the UFC, I am a loss away from retiring.”

Curran is hoping to earn another shot in the UFC, by handing rising fighter Sergio Petttis (yes, the younger brother of UFC star Anthony Pettis) a loss at a Resurrection Fighting Alliance card on June 21st. The bout is to determine the promotion’s flyweight champ.

When asked if he believes a win over Pettis could open the door to another UFC contract, Curran said that’s a question only UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby can answer, but “I would hope so.”

The RFA 8 match-up is an intriguing one to say the least, not only because Pettis is 16 years younger than Curran, but because of what’s riding on the bout. While Curran is working hard to get that first UFC win, the BJJ black belt also relayed that if Pettis wins on June 21st, “he is the man who retired me.”

According to the report from MMA Weekly, Curran worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Josh Killion at Extreme Challenge 227, which was the 33rd of his career.


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