RFA 9 featured a bantamweight championship between Jeff Curran and Pedro Munhoz. It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the bout, but ultimately the judges awarded the split decision to Munhoz. After the bout, Curran decided to finally call it quits as an MMA fighter.
When it’s all said and done, Curran retires with a record of 34-16-1. He was one of the best grapplers in the lighter weight classes, and put on many exciting fights under the WEC banner. He even challenged for the WEC featherweight title against Urijah Faber. He ended up losing by way of submission, but he still went on to put on some exciting fights, especially inside the UFC.
Recently, he hit a soft of dry spell, losing three of his last four bouts. This losing streak spelled the end for his career, and this is probably a good move on his part, as he isn’t getting any older at the age of 35. Curran was one of the most experienced fighters in all of MMA, and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Curran’s cousin, Pat Curran, is the current featherweight champion under the Bellator banner, so he will always have a place alongside Pat’s training camp. He also has his jiu jitsu academy, so he’s got plenty of outlets to still make a living in the martial arts world. It was a pleasure seeing Curan compete in the UFC, WEC and RFA banners, and hopefully he still has a successful business and career.