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Jeff Curran Pulls Out of Fight with Sergio Pettis – Earns Dog Owner of the Year Honors

(“In the arms of the angel, flyyy awaaayyyyy from here…” | Jeff Curran Twitter)

WEC and UFC veteran Jeff Curran once fought at 155 pounds, but these days the thirty five year-old is campaigning at 125 pounds in an effort to give some new fire to his career. He looked serious about his effort to get back into the big show when he signed to fight top prospect Sergio Pettis at RFA 8 this past Friday in Milwaukee, WI.

Pettis is undefeated and nineteen years old. He’s also the younger brother of top UFC moneyweight contender Anthony Pettis. You may have heard that Pettis won Friday night, but not against Curran. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt pulled out at the last minute and was replaced by Dillard Pegg.

Pettis finished Pegg with apparent ease in the first round, but the real story here is the reason why Curran says he pulled out of the fight in the first place.

Curran didn’t get injured. His dog did.

We haven’t seen or heard much of an explanation about the situation from Curran yet, but he was busy defending himself on Twitter this past weekend. Turns out, Curran’s family dog was injured badly, breaking both arms recently. As a result, Curran pulled out of the RFA 8 bout with Pettis.

“The only people that deserve explanation of my reasons to pull from this fight was @RFAfighting and my team/family. None of anyones Biz!” Curran tweeted on June 21st.

He went on, “i am a 16 year pro who never missed dude. i fought sick, injured after family tragedy. grow up”

The fighter suggested through his tweets that it wasn’t simply about his dog, but also about supporting his kids and being there for his wife who needed help during this time of difficulty.

When the twitterverse criticized Curran for his decision, things got real. “introduce yourself to me if u ever see me, i will knock your teeth in.. no charge,” he replied to one critic.

“remove ‘dog lover’ from your bio and add ‘family hater’ to it. then your comment will fit your profile,” he tweeted at another.

A full picture of the Curran family saga isn’t yet available, but you can check out the strange, long string of tweets on his account for yourself. It kinda sounds like his dog got messed up, and it would have been a gigantic hassle for his wife to take care of it and a houseful of kids, to say nothing of the business affairs from his gym, while he went away for a few days to fight. What do we know?

In any case, Curran says that his dog is on the mend. What would you degenerates have done if you were in Curran’s shoes this past week: Stay at home with the family and crippled dog or head to Milwaukee for a weekend of fighting, hookers and blow?

- Elias Cepeda

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mma4everbitchs- June 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm
This just in to broke to save the paws has to retire to stay home and feed it. Close friends ask cage potato to set up some donations to help support family and still dropping to 125.
macreadysshack- June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Amsterdam's anti-social sentiments really give me paws.
amsterdamheavy- June 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm
fucking lol!
whatchawhozeit- June 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm
i agree with the man. family comes first, when your kids, wife and pet need you to be there you do the right thing and are there for them.
wwhitekimbo- June 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm
it's good to see everyone here is taking their proper meds and staying well balanced
amsterdamheavy- June 25, 2013 at 11:48 am
Id kill any one of you motherfuckers if it meant saving my dog. Im with Curran on this one - even if he has people, he likely isnt mentally prepared to fight.
keepyahguessing- June 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
i have not been able to get past the tattoo of the two dudes 69'ing on his chest....with that said...sounds like jerryasdfsdff's friend Emily is a straight gold digga!
macreadysshack- June 25, 2013 at 10:26 am
@Andy ... I would suspect that getting paid would also be very important to a guy in that position.
macreadysshack- June 25, 2013 at 10:23 am
It's hard to imagine missing a fight that you've trained a whole camp for because you cannot think of a possible way to find others that care enough about you or your family to pitch in for a few days. This guy runs a gym. Have you ever been to an mma gym? I have never met a decent coach that couldn't find ten people - minimum, and not counting family - that wouldn't drop everything for a couple of days to help them through a family crisis/fight. Look, I don't know shit but it sounds like Jeff may not have really wanted to fight. Methinks the Curran doth protest too much.
crappiefloper- June 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm
Here's the last conversation I had with the family dog...
Me- O! Your dumbass ran away again
Me-get in the truck fucker
Her- hey, this abandoned farm looks interesting. O,wait by this tree? Ok. HEY! Cool .45 crappie
Problem solved,problem staying solved.
mma4everbitchs- June 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm
But u can bash a Guy free of charge
FilmDrunk- June 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm
Can't bash a guy for loving his dog.
doowm- June 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm
He either couldnt make weight or didnt want to fight pettis cause of the prospect of getting beat. either way dude dint just miss it for the sole reason of his dog being hurt. wtf he couldnt leave it at an animal hospital or vet for the couple days he would have to be gone? gimme a fuckin break!
AndyInflammatory- June 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm
a low-paid fighter with bunch of kids is going to put his injured dog into a boarding kennel? You're a fucking genius.
Fried Taco- June 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Dogs always got our backs, so it's the least we can do to help them out when the loan shark sends his pitbulls to break a few legs for not paying back the doggy biscuits on time.