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Joe StevensonJoe Stevenson Profile

DOB--6/15/82
HEIGHT--5'7
WEIGHT--155
STYLE--Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling
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Joe Stevenson moved from California to Las Vegas to train with Marc Laimon because he wanted to fight in the UFC. In 2004 Stevenson retired his 2 championship belts he held (King of the Cage as well as Gladiator Challenge) and sought help from instructor Laimon. Joe made the cast of TUF season 2 and while on the show defeated Marcus Davis and Jason Von Flue, both with 1st round tapouts. To win the season 2 title, Stevenson defeated Luke Cummo at the finale 11/5/2005. Joe's UFC debut was his 30th pro MMA fight in a career that started back in 1999. In Joe's 2nd pro fight he faced off against Jens Pulver, and lost via knockout in the 1st round. It was his only fight so far where he was knocked out and he wasn't even 18 at the time.

Joe Stevenson was welcomed to the UFC by welterweight Josh Neer in his 1st fight after the show. Neer defeated Joe by unanimous decision and after that fight Stevenson went to a different weight class, lightweight. His first fight at his new weight class was against the very tough Yves Edwards. In what won the fight of the night award, Joe stopped Yves at the end of round 2 via doctor stoppage. After defeating Yves, Stevenson went on a good run that got him into a championship match with BJ Penn. During that run he finished Mishima and Guillard, as well as defeating Pellegrino via unanimous decision. Stevenson's battle with BJ wasnt what he was hoping for. Joe sustained a cut near his hairline in the first round and blood covered the cage. He was forced to fight more aggressive due to the blood loss and fear that the fight could be stopped due to the cut. He tapped out in the 2nd round by rear naked choke. After fighting BJ he has fought once and bounced back with a win against Gleison Tibau.

Joe Stevenson Profile: Gabe October 27, 2008

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