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Joe Stevenson becomes latest TUF winner cut by the UFC

After losing four fights in a row, Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson has been released by the UFC, closing a chapter of his life spanning nearly six years, involving three different weight-classes, and featuring a one title-shot.

Stevenson’s newly acquired “free agent” status was first reported by MMAFighting.

The 29-year old rose to championship contention with a series of consecutive victories at 155-pounds after dropping down the instant the promotion opened the cage-doors to lightweights in 2006. Among the wins were stoppages against Yves Edwards and Melvin Guillard, as well as a decision over Kurt Pellegrino earning him a crack at B.J. Penn who ultimately carved him up, then choked him out.

Though Joe “Daddy” followed the loss up with an outpointing of Gleison Tibau, he’s struggled to find consistency in the Octagon since with poor performances in bouts against Diego Sanchez and Ken Florian followed up by superb showings against Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher.

Hoping to remedy his struggles, Stevenson decided to test the featherweight waters last month at UFC Live 4 where he lost via Unanimous Decision to WEC veteran Javier Vazquez.

As it stands, Stevenson exits the UFC with an overall record of 31-14 including fifteen submissions and five TKOs.


  • Angry Mike says:

    Wow. Lots of pink slips this week.

  • MCM says:

    I like Joe Daddy, but it’s pretty obvious he can’t hang in the UFC anymore. 7 losses in 10 fights is more than enough chances. Good luck to you Joe, I’m sure you’ll do fine on the smaller circuits.

  • If he hits the smaller circuits and reinvents himself(especially his shit strikin game) he could kill

  • MCM says:

    Dennis Hallman went 4 years before being asked back to the UFC. If that happens to Joe Daddy, he’d only be 34 yr old. To put that into perspective, that would make him younger than half the current UFC HW division.
    I don’t think GJ’s is helping the guy at all. Head up to Duke Rufus and reinvent yourself Joe.

  • YetiLee says:

    No big surprise here, I thought the UFC would cut him after his 3rd straight loss but clearly they had a soft spot for Joe Daddy and wanted to give him one more shot. I hope he gets some work soon because he has got a lot of mouths to feed with all those kids. But I’m sure he will be back someday, he just needs to get that killer instinct back. The Penn fight broke him mentally and he never recovered.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Bounce around through the smaller regional promotions and he can rack up wins and make some dough… I think any promoter would like his name on there card to promote it.

  • Man my post earlier was garbage…lets try this again…I always like joe, and he’s usually in great fights. Im with MCM GJ isnt working for him and he needs to hone his striking. Duke’s or Shawn Thompkins would be a great new place for him to train.


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