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ADCC 2009 Interview with Jeff Curran

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WEC star and Under 65KG competitor Jeff Curran is ready to go. Kid Peligro and ADCC caught up with Jeff for a quick itnerview:

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.
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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!

Jeff Curran and Pedro Sauer training
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