Veteran campaigner Jeff Curran has finally made it back to the UFC after signing a new multi-fight deal some seven and a half years after his last appearance in the Octagon.

Curran made just one appearance in the UFC as a lightweight back at UFC 46 in 2004, losing by decision to Matt Serra. Since then he’s been a man of many promotions including PRIDE, IFL and perhaps most notably an extended run in the WEC between 2007-2009.

Anyone who watched him during the WEC years may have figured that a UFC return was now out of reach given that he lost four fights back-to-back during that period, though the quality of opponent was high, including the likes of Urijah Faber and Mike Brown.

Undeterred Curran continued to fight and has gone on a 4-1 run, fighting for both Strikeforce and Bellator as well as his own XFO promotion along the way and extending his career record to 33-13-1, before finally cementing an unlikely return to the UFC.

Now 33 the submission specialist will hope to make an impression in the UFC’s 135lb division which should feel like home given that it still includes a number of the fighters from his time in the WEC.