Frank "Da Tank" Curreri

Frank "Da Tank" Curreri

15 years as a pro journalist/writer/Managing Editor covering wide range of breaking news, feature stories, political scandals and live sporting events across North America and Europe. Assignments have taken me to The White House, to the snow-capped mountains for the Olympic Games, walking "the yard" with dozens of prison inmates, bedside at hospitals chronicling a 16-year-old girl who awakens from a lengthy coma and tries to rediscover her previous self, to the corridors of City Hall probing questionable multi-million $ land deals.

Previously worked for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC.com and UFC Mag), The Salt Lake Tribune, Las Vegas Review-Journal & FOX News affiliate in Las Vegas. My stories have appeared on CNN.com, Maxim.com, the Associated Press and The Boston Herald, among others. Served as guest commentator on MSNBC and FOX national news programs. "Best Sports Article" winner at University of Maryland in my rookie year with school's daily newspaper.

Combined 27 years of experience as a wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor and coach. Earned my BJJ black belt in June 2010 from 6-time world champion Robert Drysdale. At the advanced age of 38, stunned the entire field to earn a bronze medal at the IBJJF World Championships (June 2010, all ages category, brown belt). The feat marked the second time I have earned a bronze medal at the IBJJF World Championships in the prestigious All Ages category.

Additionally, I have won 3 world titles at the masters and seniors level and racked up over 230 wins in live competitions (and counting). Survivor of intense training sessions with UFC standouts such as Miguel Torres, Gray Maynard, Joseph Benavidez, Anthony Pettis, Martin Kampmann, Miesha Tate and Sam Stout. Don't just write it, live it. Every day. Got the scars to prove it!
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