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And Now He’s Fired: Joe ‘Daddy” Stevenson

Well, it looks like another The Ultimate Fighter winner has been fired by the UFC.

MMAFighting reports that TUF 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has been released by Zuffa following his fourth straight loss in a row to Javier Vazquez at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry on June 26. With the firing, Stevenson, who is 8-8 in 16 UFC fights joins just three other TUF  winners — Travis Lutter (season 4), Kendall Grove (season 3) and Efrain Escudero (season 8), to be released by the promotion.

It’s not really a surprise, given the UFC’s three-strike policy that he’s been let go. What is a surprise is that they actually gave him an extra chance to turn things around.

The 29-year-old, whose record stands at 31-15, has just three wins in his last 10 fights. He has fought as high as middleweight, but recently dropped down to featherweight in an attempt to rejuvenate his sagging career, but he was unable to do enough in his decision loss to Vasquez to convince the UFC brass to keep him.

Expect an announcement in the coming weeks that he has signed with BAMMA, Bellator, Shark Fights or the MFC.

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kellyman- August 5, 2011 at 8:19 am
I'll always remember him as the man who climbed all over and around Mike Whitehead.
SnackDaddy- August 5, 2011 at 1:15 am
This is sad news. I always liked Joe Daddy as fighter and as a person. I'm glad UFC gave him a second chance, like they're doing it with Hardy. Hope he has does well where ever he ends up.
djp1988- August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Well, at least he's not Tim Sylvia. He can always tell himself that.
j-k-martin- August 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm
I guess we saw it coming but man they are firing everyone.
Sho Nuff- August 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm
"his fourth straight loss in a row"?

The Department of Repetitive Redundancies Department called...
XENOPHON- August 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm
OK, now I'll come clean.

During the Ultimate Fighter Final back in 2005, I honestly thought Luke Cummo - should have won the decision.

Even today, the shows urine therapy underdog still runs a close second to Die Antwoord's Ninja!
Bob Reilly- August 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm
That picture will haunt him forever... Nah J/K, no one will remember he was even a fighter after this article leaves the homepage.
Jason Moles- August 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm
My predictions back in December are becoming reality!
ccman- August 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Who would notice? Fedor was cut today also.
intercept440- August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm
btw ufc records while employed i mean
intercept440- August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm
with a 7-8 win loss record it was only a matter of time before he ends up with shark fights or bellator, or kotc maybe even GG who knows... poor bastard.
Wiseguy- August 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm
I honestly thought he was fired months ago. I even watched Barry Vs Kongo. Damn... I drink too much.
Savageleto- August 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm
With the way that Joe 'fought' in his last fight... I am only surprised it took this long to find out.
jgrant- August 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm
What's with the extra "the" at the end?