by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Joe Stevenson confirmed in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night that he has a broken nose following his fight with Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 74, not a broken jaw as first reported by other media outlets.
Stevenson won a unanimous decision over Pellegrino in Las Vegas last Saturday night. After the fight, rumors circulated that the fighter had a broken jaw.
The former Ultimate Fighter winner explained the injury during the interview.
“I thought my jaw was broke and it was sore, but it ended up being a broken nose,” said Stevenson. “I have a fracture on my nose. I had a pain in the upper part of my teeth and I thought that was my jaw for some reason. It was a broken nose, first one ever.”
The fight was never stopped due to the injury and Stevenson is expected to make a full recovery, although his image in the mirror may take a slight hit.
“And just when I thought I was becoming the best looking fighter in MMA, Kurt (Pellegrino) has to try to shoot me down,” Stevenson said laughing about the broken nose.
Stevenson has been mentioned multiple times as a possible #1 contender for the UFC lightweight title and after his win over Pellegrino, he further strengthened that argument.
A possible showdown with B.J. Penn may be on the horizon for the Las Vegas based fighter, depending on the outcome of current champion Sean Sherk’s appeal for his positive drug test suspension in California, which will be heard in October.
The fighter will continue to rehab and train with his teammates at the Cobra Kai dojo in Las Vegas to prepare them for upcoming bouts.