MMA vet Jeff Curran retires following RFA 9 title loss
After 16 years, 41 fights and stints with nearly every major organization of note, is calling it quits on his MMA career.
The 35-year-old announced his retirement following Friday's RFA 9 event, where he suffered a split-decision loss to for the organization's vacant bantamweight title.
Despite Curran winning the fight on one judge's card, the undefeated Munhoz (9-0) appeared to clearly win the fight based on his aggression, standup and takedown defense in the AXS TV-televised headliner.
Curran concludes his career with a 34-16-1 record. Nineteen of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's victories came via submission.
Even when the lighter weight classes weren't exactly en vogue, "Big Frog" racked up appearances and notable fights in the UFC, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, Bellator and other promotions. After more than seven years between UFC stints, he fought his way back into the organization in 2011 but suffered back-to-back losses to and , and the UFC ultimately released him.
Curran tried to reinvent himself as a flyweight and posted a regional-show win over Josh Killion earlier this year. However, he then pulled out of a bout with fast-rising 125-pound prospect at RFA 8, and then came Friday's loss to Munhoz at RFA 9.
Despite his retirement, Curran will remain involved in MMA. He's head instructor at Illinois' Team Curran MMA, which is home to Bellator champ (and cousin) , recent Invicta FC signee , WEC/UFC vet and others. He also owns and promotes the successful Xtreme Fighting Organization regional promotion.