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.