Joe Stevenson began his UFC career on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” On Saturday night he returns to fight another TUF alum, Nate Diaz, on the season nine finale in what might prove to be a make-or-break outing for him. In our exclusive talk with him, Joe “Daddy” tells us why he changed training camps after his decision loss to Diego Sanchez, whether he’s worried about being cut, and why he might be hesitant to appear on a new season of TUF if he were coming up through the ranks today.
CagePotato.com: So you’ve been in New Mexico with Greg Jackson’s team preparing for this fight. What made you decide that it was time for a change of training camps?
JS: Honestly, I’ve been here for going on seven weeks now and it’s been great. I was feeling a little stagnant and I knew that if I didn’t try something different I would regret it. If you don’t try all your avenues you’re going to end up when your fifty wishing you’d done something different and I don’t want to be that person. On top of that, there’s great coaching here, great strategy, and they’ve given me a different outlook on the way I fight. I’m just excited to let people see it now.
You mentioned strategy and that’s something a lot of people talk about when it comes to Greg Jackson. How is his way of strategizing for a fight different from what you’ve been exposed to in the past?