The lightweight submission expert has nearly a decade's worth of MMA experience & hunts for the UFC Lightweight title!
Joe Stevenson: Profile & Stats
Full Name: Joe "Daddy" Stevenson
Weight: 155 lbs.
Fighting Style(s) Used: Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Current Record: 34-8
King of the Cage Welterweight Champion
Gladiator Challenge Welterweight Champion
Winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2 welterweight division
Joe Stevenson: Early Start
Joe "Daddy" Stevenson hit the ground running in his athletic career. Joe Stevenson competed in traditional wrestling at the age of 11, and the mat work he picked up doing this would pay dividends. This grappling background got an extra boost when Joe Stevenson discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 13. The crossover training was reminiscent of other fighters that developed a devastating ground attack, with Randy Couture being the forefather of this style.
Joe Stevenson: MMA
Joe Stevenson got a jump on the MMA community in its infancy. At the age of 16 Joe Stevenson was already fighting professionally in small MMA programs. At this time even UFC was a relatively unknown organization, and the world of mixed martial arts was casted in shadows. In these underground fighting organizations, Joe Stevenson impressed older fighters with his freakish submission skills. The first year of the 16-year-old vs. grown men was difficult for Joe Stevenson, but the lumps were necessary for his growth as a fighter.
In smaller organizations like King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge, Joe Stevenson amassed a 23-6 record and multiple championships. Most of his losses came as a teenager, and a mature Joe Stevenson was next to unbeatable in the ring. A submission expert, Joe Stevenson quickly found his favorite and signature move, the guillotine choke. After years of choking out opponents in small venues and organizations, Joe Stevenson got his first shot at the UFC thanks to a reality TV program.
Joe Stevenson: Ultimate Fighter 2
Joe Stevenson became the most decorated fighter to ever join the program The Ultimate Fighter. His experience quickly made him the MVP of Matt Hughes' team and the top welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter 2. Joe Stevenson easily carved through the competition and took the TUF Welterweight Championship. As the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 2, Joe Stevenson received a big contract with UFC. Fans with UFC tickets could not wait to see Joe Stevenson step into the Octagon.
Joe Stevenson: Early UFC
Joe Stevenson lost his UFC debut, but this would be the only loss that Joe Stevenson would taste in the UFC for a long time. Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, Joe Stevenson began a hot streak through the lightweight division. Fans with UFC tickets came to be very respectful of Joe Stevenson's submission skills as he ended many bouts in the first round with his trademarked guillotine choke. The four-match winning streak put Joe Stevenson in contention for the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Joe Stevenson met B.J. Penn at UFC 80-Rapid Fire for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship. Stevenson vs. Penn was a brutal fight that saw Joe Stevenson's head busted open by an elbow. Blinded by blood in his eyes, Joe Stevenson continued his attack on one of the top masters of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the world. Injured and blind, Joe Stevenson fell to the rear naked choke of B.J. Penn but gained the respect of fans with UFC tickets thanks to the heart he showed.
Joe Stevenson: UFC 91
After defeating Gleison Tibau, Joe Stevenson was back on the winning side of things. Joe Stevenson has dedicated himself to capturing the UFC Lightweight Championship and another big win will earn him his shot. This opportunity will come at UFC 91 against fellow The Ultimate Fighter 2 welterweight Kenny Florian. This battle of two submission experts will sell a ton of UFC tickets but will also be a clinic for all fans of ground fighting and the war of leverage.
A ton of press for UFC 91 is being given to the UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar, but Stevenson vs. Florian will be the most intriguing matchup of the night. UFC 91 will take place on November 15, 2008, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be the biggest event in the career of Joe Stevenson. Fans with UFC tickets to UFC 91 will not be disappointed by one of the toughest cards ever assembled.