January 1, 1983 |
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
|Other names||The Doctor|
|Residence||Iowa City, Iowa, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Iowa City, Iowa, United States|
Team Lloyd Irvin
American Top Team
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Vedepo made his professional MMA debut in November 2005. He went undefeated at 6–0 in the first two and a half years of his career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Vedepo was expected to face Gerald Harris on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, replacing an injured Alessio Sakara. On August 18, it was announced that the Vedepo/Harris bout had been scrapped from the card.
Following his release from the UFC, Vedepo fought at ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide, where he fought two weight classes higher at Heavyweight and on only a few days notice. He faced Oli Thompson, winning via TKO (punches) in the second round. He was expected to fight Rob Broughton to crown the tournament winner but Vedepo broke his hand in his semifinals bout against Thompson, which forced him out of the finals.
Vedepo is notable for inventing the modified shin choke, also known as the Vedepo Choke, he used this submission to win his debut bout in Bellator, at the event Bellator 80. After losing three straight (two being in Bellator) bouts, he has since hit a resurgence.
Vedepo will make a quick return to the Bellator cage as he steps in as a replacement for an injured Tom DeBlass against Muhammed Lawal on November 15, 2014 at Bellator 131. He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.
On November 28, 2014 Vedepo taken into custody after he head-butted an officer in the chest and was Tasered during a struggle outside Sports Column a bar in Iowa City, Iowa. Police say they were called after Vedepo refused to leave. Vedepo told officers he “knew his rights” and resisted them as he tried to re-enter the bar, according to the report. It took several officers to subdue him, and he kicked at officers after being transferred from one police car to another. A Taser reportedly was ineffective. The report said the officer Vedepo head-butted was taken to a local hospital with back injuries. A test showed Vedepo had a blood-alcohol level of .241. He remains at the Johnson County Iowa Jail, according to online records, and has been charged with assault causing injury to a peace officer, an aggravated misdemeanor; two counts of assault on peace officers, a serious misdemeanor; intoxication, a simple misdemeanor; and interfering with official acts (bodily injury), an aggravated misdemeanor. His bail is set as a $10,000 cash-only bond.
According to the report, The incident was not Vedepo’s first run-in with police; he was convicted on drug and theft charges and multiple counts of public intoxication. He sued the Sports Column in 2006 and withdrew his complaint in 2008.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||17 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||17–9||Muhammed Lawal||TKO (punches)||Bellator 131||November 15, 2014||3||0:39||San Diego, California, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||17–8||Davin Clark||TKO (punches)||Bellator 129||October 17, 2014||3||2:27||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||16–8||Cortez Coleman||Decision (majority)||Bellator 121||June 6, 2014||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||15–8||Ben Crowder||Verbal Submission (leg injury)||Bellator 117||April 18, 2014||1||0:48||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 104||October 18, 2013||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||14–7||Eddie Larrea||TKO (punches)||Triple A MMA 2||August 10, 2013||1||0:45||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||14–6||Louis Taylor||KO (punches)||Bellator 84||December 14, 2012||1||4:12||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14–5||Mike Bernhard||Submission (shin choke)||Bellator 80||November 9, 2012||1||3:26||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||13–5||Jason Buck||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pinnacle Combat MMA 10||April 27, 2012||1||0:43||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Win||13–4||Kenneth Allen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 202||January 28, 2012||1||2:17||Bettendorf, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Dmitry Samoilov||Decision (unanimous)||League S-70: Russia vs. Brazil||August 5, 2011||2||5:00||Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Win||12–3||Dennis Reed||Submission (armbar)||Revolution Combat Championships 11: Cocked and Loaded||June 19, 2010||1||1:31||Columbus Junction, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–3||Oli Thompson||TKO (punches)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||2||1:24||Hove, East Sussex, England|
|Win||10–3||Miguel Bernard||Submission (armbar)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||1||0:33||Hove, East Sussex, England|
|Win||9–3||Webster Farris||KO (punch)||Adrenaline MMA IV||September 18, 2009||1||0:14||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Rob Kimmons||Technical submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night 18||April 1, 2009||1||1:54||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Alessio Sakara||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night 15||September 17, 2008||1||1:27||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||8–1||Brian Green||Submission (verbal)||MCC 14: Pride or Fate||June 14, 2008||3||4:25||Urbandale, Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–1||Karl Kelly||Submission (keylock)||Pinnacle Combat: MMA||April 26, 2008||1||1:44||Dubuque, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||6–1||Mario Miranda||TKO (punches)||Carnage at the Creek 2||April 5, 2008||3||2:38||Shelton, Washington, United States|
|Win||6–0||Rob Smith||TKO (knees)||XFO 22: Xtreme Fighting Organization||February 23, 2008||2||1:17||Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Win||5–0||Chris Powers||Submission (kimura)||Mainstream MMA: Vengeance||October 20, 2007||1||2:55||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Todd Carney||TKO (strikes)||Extreme Challenge 83||September 1, 2007||1||4:34||Riverside, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jeremy Norwood||KO (punch)||Rwevolution Combat Championships Vol. 1: The Doctor is Out||August 17, 2007||1||1:35||West Liberty, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Joe Winterfeldt||N/A||Title Fighting Championships 1||April 21, 2006||1||N/A||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jesse Lennox||Decision (unanimous)||Mainstream MMA 1: Inception||November 18, 2005||3||5:00||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States|
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- "UFC 118 fight card complete with 10 bous; Harris vs. Vedepo off preliminary card". mmajunkie.com. August 18, 2010.
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- "Joe Vedepo vs. Cortez Coleman". tapology.com. June 6, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- MMAjunkie Staff (September 25, 2014). "Bellator 129 lineup set with eight prelims, including women's bout, in Iowa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- Steven Marrocco (2014-12-01). "Bellator fighter Joe Vedepo allegedly head-butts, hospitalizes police officer". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
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