‘Ultimate Fighter’ Season 2 Winner Joe Stevenson Released by the UFC

August 4, 2011
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“Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 champion Joe Stevenson has been released by the UFC following his fourth loss in a row.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the release to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. MMAFighting.com first reported the news.

Following his triumph as a welterweight during the second season of the UFC’s reality show, Stevenson dropped down to lightweight and made it all the way to a title shot in 2008, but fell short as he was submitted by B.J. Penn in the championship bout.

Following that fight, Stevenson went 3-2 in his next five fights facing some stiff competition in the 155-pound division.

Unfortunately, Stevenson fell on harder times with four straight losses in the Octagon, including his last against Javier Vazquez after making the drop to the featherweight division.

Stevenson exits the UFC with an 8-8 overall record in the promotion and having competed in three different weight classes along the way.

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  • All the best to Joe, hope he can string together a few wins and get back to the big show.

  • j-k-martin

    I guess we saw it coming but man they are firing everyone.

  • aaronlol

    Eh sucks he seems to have lost it but he got further than most people, most get canned at 3 fights it seems.
    Hope he does well.

  • clizzark

    It’s about damn time.

  • BigGuy

    It sure is about time! This guy was never going to mount any serious run at any title. So long, Joe!

  • bajafox

    That sucks but Joe kind of did it to himself, he never seemed to evolve.

    I liked Joe and hopefully he can put together some good wins and make it back at 145

  • bdono554

    Crazy how the sport changes so fast a guy that was a win away from the title a few years ago is now delegated to the minors.

  • Unador

    Joe is a likeable guy.
    I think he lacked some killer instinct. He just didn’t seem serious enough in his fights, he’d stop and high five after a good exchange. Leave that crap at home I say, just fight. You can hug later.
    Aside from that, I think he had bad stand up. And BJ let him know what dominant jujitsu was like as well.
    Sucks, but he did indeed do it to himself.
    And I agree, UFC gave him more time than they have others, he got a fair shake.

  • Sinalag

    Joe Stevenson = a bust out.