Taking place in his backyard of Chicago, the bout marks Curran’s first of a two-fight, non-exclusive contract with Strikeforce. Curran (29-12-1) lost his last four fights – to Takeya Mizugaki, Joseph Benavidez, Mike Brown, and Urijah Faber – and will be looking to rebound before heading XFO 34 on Dec. 5.

Thao (4-1) is a tough Midwestern prospect that may actually be giving up a little bit of size to Curran. Facing a huge deficit in experience, this will be Thao’s most high profile fight to date.

While Curran typically draws well at the gate, the bout is expected to be on the non-CBS portion of the fight card.

thao does some crazy shit in the ring. i think curran takes him, but cool fight.

Isn't Thao a 125er?

i think it's at 135, he must be going to the same diner that overeem goes to eat his horse meat.

 They couldn't find an actual 135 lber to fight Curran?