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If you Can’t Beat ‘Em: Joe Stevenson to Drop to Featherweight in an Attempt to Save UFC Career

(If featherweight doesn’t work out, Stevenson will likely test the waters of the Strikeforce women’s 135-pound class)

Well, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson will be spared from the UFC’s chopping block for at least one more fight. The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner who dropped to lightweight in 2006 will face Javier Vasquez at UFC on Versus 4 June 26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The UFC confirmed today that the rumored bout is a go.

Winless in his past three bouts and just 3-6 in his last nine, most thought that Stevenson would likely be cut by the UFC following his decision loss to Danny Castillo at UFC Live on Versus 3: Sanchez vs. Kampmann last month, but it looks like besides a six-figure contract and a crystal trophy, winning TUF also gets a fighter one get out of the unemployment line free card.

Vasquez (15-5) is a tough customer, having never been finished in 20 career fights. A black belt under his father-in-law, Rorian Gracie, Vasquez once fought an entire King of the Cage championship bout with a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). 11 of the 34-year-old Cuban-born fighter’s wins have come by submission. The rest went to the judges’ scorecards. Stevenson’s best bet would be to keep the bout standing or to win by ground and pound. Otherwise, the one-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship North American trials winner who dropped his last fight at WEC 52 in November to Chad Mendes via unanimous decision, may give Stevenson a quick UFC send-off.

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fightfan- June 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Anyone know where to find the Photoshop contest of Joe Stevenson? Another story said......

"On a popular MMA messageboard, one of Vazquez's relatives is running a contest in which people are using Photoshop to alter pictures of Stevenson in various ways, some humorous, others far more offensive."

Anyone know where to find the photoshops?
SnackDaddy- April 5, 2011 at 10:53 am
shame, i always liked joe daddy. maybe he needs a step down in competition. maybe try his luck out in strikeforce.
Smitty- April 5, 2011 at 8:33 am
Scarecrow challenges......don't hit back.
dim mak- April 5, 2011 at 7:59 am
wow--i just watched it, too. franklin totally schooled country breakfast on that one, but that doesn't take anything away from stevenson's amazing will power.
Goog- April 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

Thaaaat's who it was. Imes didn't sound quite right and I didn't look it up, I just knew it was a big dude. And 1:40? Holy crap. I just remembered it being an hour +, not closer to 2. So yeah... I don't really follow Joe S much, but I'll never forget that challenge. Very impressive.
Tai-Pan- April 5, 2011 at 6:55 am
OK so I just looked up the scarecrow challenge and HOLY SHIT 1 hour 40 mins. Also it was Whitehead, not Imes, but jesus fucking christ that was impressive.
DangadaDang- April 5, 2011 at 6:23 am
I actually think if Stevenson sticks to his bread and butter wrestling he should be able to easily pull this out seeing how effectively Mendes smothered Vasquez.
Nut Puncher 9000- April 5, 2011 at 3:37 am
Whats more amazing to me is that Tyson Griffin is making 45...that dude is THICK for a 45'r...I thought it was crazy that dude made 55.
Nut Puncher 9000- April 5, 2011 at 3:35 am
145 is still building steam in the UFC. He will not be cut at 45 even if he loses again. He isnt stupid and knows that the UFC needs names like his to front 45 for awhile. Its not about a strap for him, its about a paycheck, and they are fatter in the UFC than out of it. Belie-dat!
Waxedpants- April 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm
This is a last ditch effort to stay in the big show but damn they didn't give him a warm up at this weight. I think this is it for joe daddy.
Sakuraba3900- April 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Fuck i forgot about that challenge... it was fucking amazing. Hell im gonna find it on the interwebs right now.
Goog- April 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Joey got my instant respect on TUF when he climbed circles around Brad Imes[?] in the Scarecrow Challenge for an hour... then Rich Franklin forfeits and struts off. Fucking gold. My all time favorite moment on TUF.
Smitty- April 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm
I've always thought he was overrated. He won't be around much longer, but I wish him all the best cause I know hes a big family man. He'll do better in the smaller promotions.
PERPATRAITOR- April 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm
This is a good idea. He can lose muscle and still guillotine fools.
sakurabasear- April 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm
Vasquez gets cutted up by elbows, then Daddy gets hammered by Mendes.
RwilsonR- April 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Good move on Joe's part. He has a lot of strong skills, but can't seem to put it all together as good as he should. Still, he is short, and 45 is a good place for him. And it adds a known name for casual UFC fans for Featherweight.
skeletor- April 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm
Poor Joe Daddy. He's likable guy but will never be a champ. Does he think drooping to 45 will all the sudden make him better than KenFlo? I think that fight would eventually have to happen down there at some point.
Big Jumpin Dad- April 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Hes like 5'1" ya dummy
Lopes- April 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm
How is he going to make 145? Is he going to cut off an arm or a leg?