Less than two weeks away from when Jeff Curran was scheduled to fight Sergio Pettis for Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s vacant flyweight title, the promotion has announced that the UFC vet has had to withdraw from the bout. According to a press release sent out by RFA, Curran has withdrawn from the June 21st card due to personal reasons. Well known MMA manager and RFA President Ed Soares was quoted saying:
“It’s unfortunate that Jeff Curran had to pull out of the fight on short notice, but this happens, even at the highest levels of MMA. As an organization that models itself after the UFC, we had to move forward and find a worthy replacement to give the fans an exciting title fight that is just as compelling as the original bout.”
That replacement is Dillard Pegg, who is listed at Mixed Martial Arts.com as having a record of 4-1.
“Luckily, we were able to find that in “Smokin’ Joe” Pegg,” Soares furthered. “Pegg has finished all four opponents he has faced in 2013 and brings an explosive striking arsenal that will clash well with Sergio Pettis. Pegg is in shape after winning a fight five days ago with a 42-second submission, and like Sergio Pettis, he’s also a second degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. He’s fast, aggressive, and looks for the finish. This is a huge opportunity for Pegg and I believe this is going to be a great main event for the first ever RFA flyweight title.”
Pettis is the younger brother–he’s just 19 in fact–of UFC star Anthony, and has gone 7-0 since turning pro.
The news is an unfortunate setback for Curran, who was hoping to score a championship win at flyweight and use it as a springboard to get back to the UFC. RFA 8 will be hosted by the Rave / Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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