You may think that typing out a sentence about what a no-talent mama’s boy some fighter is has no real effect on anything, but Joe Stevenson begs to differ. In a recent interview with MMA Rated he admitted to scouring the internet in the past to read what people were saying about him:
In (the) rankings, you know, I don’t really check the Internet too much, I stay off of it because when I first started, I remember the headache that I would get from watching people say, ‘oh yeah, this that and the other’ and, I mean, emotionally it does hurt you. You’re like, ‘wait a minute! You jerk!’ You know, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a 13-year-old kid with acne or if it’s a 27-year-old guy that thinks he can do it or someone that’s really legit and has an opinion. It still hurts, words hurt.
As our Cage Potato comments pie chart revealed, the internet is a place for all the negative/racist/sexist/nonsense things people can’t say in polite company, so it’s probably best for Stevenson not to take it to heart. Of course, by writing that I’ve probably opened the door for some thirteen-year-old kid with acne to call me a Stevenson nuthugger while perhaps also questioning my sexual preference.
Also in the interview, Stevenson looks back on his loss to B.J. Penn, especially the now infamous moment where Penn licked his blood off his own gloves.
JS: I didn’t see it. I didn’t see that until after the fight and watching it on the videotape. I was pissed off for a minute, it was like, ‘oh you jerk!’ It’s cool though, I mean we all pass a blood test [laughs] so I guess it’s OK.
AH: When you saw him do that on the tape, did you feel insulted in any way?
JS: I was more emotionally pissed off that I lost at that time, so I didn’t really care about anything. Then after when I saw it, yeah, I freaked out for a second and it was like, ‘dude!’ My father-in-law is Hawaiian and my wife is Hawaiian and he was like, ‘he’s a savage,’ and I was like, ‘fair enough.’
Maybe I’m missing something, but was Stevenson’s father-in-law saying that Hawaiians are generally savages, or just Penn? And is it okay for him to say it since he’s Hawaiian? I’m not so sure that the whole ‘he’s a savage’ argument would make me feel better in that situation, but I guess you have to take what you can get.
As for the most awkwardly touching moment in the interview, there’s this:
AH: Do you still harp on the loss to Penn?
JS: Well, this is a funny story: I got my hair done, you know, I got it lined up and stuff, and the dude had cut the scar because it hadn’t healed all the way. It totally was bleeding again, and I saw that and that kind of perturbed me.
Perturbed is an interesting word choice there. It might mean he was annoyed, or it might mean he had some disturbing flashbacks. Guess we’ll never know.