Joe Stevenson

Joe 'Daddy' Stevenson

Joe Stevenson is the winner of the welterweight division of the second season of the UFC reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

He lost his most recent bout against up-and-comer George Sotiropoulos. His next fight was set to be against former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in August, but he was injured and replaced by Tyson Griffin.

Joe took a few months off to recover and in mid-October, he was announced to face Mac Danzig in December. Danzig knocked Stevenson unconscious in the first round. Stevenson next faced newcomer Danny Castillo, losing via unanimous decision.

He next dropped to featherweight (145 pounds) and he made his debut against WEC veteran and UFC newcomer Javier Vazquez. The general consensus is that if he loses, he's gone. There was some bad blood coming into the fight. On a popular MMA messageboard, one of Vazquez's relatives ran a contest in which people used Photoshop to alter pictures of Stevenson in various ways, some humorous, others far more offensive. Stevenson's worry was that his children would find the pictures online.

One of Stevenson's quotes about the situation was "I'm not gonna stop, not this whole fight. I'm going to go and go and go, and I'm going to have to be pulled off."

Vazquez defeated Stevenson via unanimous decision, handing him his fourth straight UFC loss in Joe Daddy's featherweight debut and Vazquez's UFC debut. For some reason, the UFC waited until August 4 to cut Joe from the UFC after his fourth straight UFC loss.

Stevenson took nearly a year off from the sport of MMA before returning at the end of June 2012 to make his Resurrection Fighting Alliance debut against fellow TUF veteran Dakota Cochrane. Cochrane handed Stevenson his fifth straight loss via second round rear-naked choke submission. Stevenson had to be entertaining some thoughts of retirement at that point despite being only thirty years old.

Stevenson indeed took over two years off from the sport before signing in early December 2014 to fight prospect Dominique Robinson in January 2015.