One year ago, Scott Jorgensen was training for the biggest fight of his life. Jorgensen was scheduled to face Dominick Cruz at WEC 53 for the WEC bantamweight championship, which would become the first-ever UFC bantamweight title.
Today, Jorgensen finds himself on the road back to fighting for the title again, as he welcomes Jeff Curran back to the UFC Octagon on Saturday at UFC 137.
Curran once fought under the UFC banner in January 2004 against Matt Serra. Since then, he has fought under numerous promotions, including WEC, PRIDE, and Bellator.
Even with that experience, Jorgensen is not the slightest intimidated.
“Jeff is a tough guy, and he’s been in a lot of fights,” Jorgensen told MMAFrenzy.com. “But with how I’ve fought in my last twelve fights, there is no way in hell I’m letting him disrupt my career and my chance to get back to fighting for that belt. It’s going to be a one-sided domination, whether it’s on the feet or on the ground.”
That confidence Jorgensen displays is certainly no slight on Curran, whom he respects.However, Jorgensen is a man on a mission when it comes to returning to what he almost achieved last December. Jorgensen wants to remove the word “almost” from that statement.
“I’m back to where I was when I lost to Antonio Banuelos [WEC 41 in June 2009]. Fight by fight, I’ve got to prove I deserve that title shot. This is just another chance to prove I’m still one of the best in the world.”
“I love to fight. I love the feeling of being inside the octagon and being in that moment. You have to put up with me in an environment I feel is the best in the world. Nobody outgrinds me, and I thrive on people trying to.”
Jorgensen’s forte, his wrestling, is something that Curran has long struggled with. Prior to being released from the WEC, Curran faced top wrestlers in Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, and Mike Brown. All three thoroughly dismantled Curran, prompting his release from the organization. Jorgensen knows that is something he can take advantage of.
“He has never come out on top to the top guys in the division,” said Jorgensen. “And he’s lost to guys I’ve beaten. There is a lot of pressure on him. He’s even said ‘If I’m not fighting in the UFC, I’m not going to fight'”
“I think I handle my pressure a lot better than he handles his. That shows since he’s never beaten a top five opponent.”
Jorgensen knows his mission will continue following the matchup with Curran. With the fight now on the main card of the pay-per-view event, he feels this is not only an opportunity to show the fans his style, but how exciting the entire bantamweight division is.
“I fought for the title, and came back with a devastating knockout in June,” said Jorgensen. “I’m still one of the best in the world, and I want to fight the top opponents. I want to show why the fans should be asking for the bantamweights to be the marquee matchups.”
While Jorgensen does not know how he will defeat Curran on Saturday, one thing will continue to hold true.
“I’m on a mission to eliminate anyone who is in front of me.”