WEC star and Under 65KG competitor Jeff Curran is ready to go. Kid Peligro and ADCC caught up with Jeff for a quick interview:
How do you feel about getting invited to ADCC?
JC- I am so honored to be competing in ADCC. I have always wanted the chance to compete in this tournament against the best in the world. This is a chance for me to make up for many lost years of competing in grappling tournaments while I trained for MMA fights.
Do you think because you trained for an MMA fight will help or hurt your performance?
JC- I think that because of my history and my daily practice in Jiu-Jitsu that all the MMA training will not hurt my performance in the tournament. I think I really stay in good shape, learn a lot about my ability during very high pressure moments in fights that will transfer over to ADCC. However, I have put aside lots of my game and tricks that don’t work well in MMA so I am trying to re-invent myself along this next few weeks to make sure my BJJ is at its best.
What do you expect to do in this tournament?
JC- I really have my eyes set on winning my first match. If I can do this, all the pressure will be off me and I will open up during my next match and so on. I am coming to win this tournament and have my heart set on that.
Who will be your coach? And what does he add to your game/performance?
JC- My coach, Pedro Sauer, will not be able to make it to coach me. He has a very high profile seminar he was booked for way in advance. I am hoping my friend Marcelo Garcia will be on hand to help if our brackets workout right. If not, I am “coach-less” and doing this all alone. I will perform my best either way.
Any last words?
JC- I want to thank Pedro Sauer for all the amazing years of instruction he has given to all of us in his association and on his team. I want to thank the Gracie Family as a whole for sharing their families art with the world and setting the stage for my life. I want to thank my wife Sarah, my family, my friends, my staff and students at Curran Martial Arts for all the years of unconditional support. They are all amazing and I couldn’t do this without them. I want to thank ADCC, Kid Peligro, Marcelo and Tatiana Garcia for also helping make this dream come true. Can’t wait!
by Kid Peligro
source: ADCC News