XFO 33: Jeff Curran vs Tomohiko Hori on tap for Dec. 5

Former WEC featherweight number one contender Jeff Curran's next fight is all set to take place in Lakemoore, Ill., on December 5 against Japanese veteran Tomohiko Hori (10-7-5), according to The Fight Network.

The interesting news is that it won't be on a WEC card.

Instead, Curran (29-12-1) will headline an event of his own, under the Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO) banner -- a promotion owned and operated by "The Big Frog."

Curran has dropped back-to-back decisions to Takeya Mizugaki and Joseph Benavidez since making the move from the 145-pound division down to the 135-pound bantamweight class earlier this year.

Before that he had lost his last two contests as a featherweight as well. Of course, those fights were against former champ Urijah Faber and current title holder Mike Thomas Brown, neither of which is anything to be ashamed of.

Regardless, the switch down in weight was supposed to rejuvenate him, but instead it's done nothing but prolong the longest losing streak of his nearly twelve year long career.

His opponent is a training partner of Mizugaki, who beat Curran by split decision this summer at WEC 42. The Japanese product should be able to build a formidable gameplan around that, but he's still going to have his hands full facing, not only the owner of the organization, but also a well respected fighter coming off four extremely hard fought defeats.

Hori has also lost his two most recent fights by decision over in Japan. However, before that he had put together three straight wins. This fight will mark his fifth of 2009 and his debut on U.S. soil.

No other fights have been made official for the December 5 fight card.

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