Joe Vedepo

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Joe Vedepo
Born (1983-01-01) January 1, 1983 (age 31)
Iowa City, Iowa
Other names The Doctor
Residence Iowa City, Iowa
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 74.0
Fighting out of Iowa City, Iowa
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 16
By knockout 5
By submission 8
By decision 2
Unknown 1
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joe Vedepo is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Middleweight division. He has also formerly competed for the UFC.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

Vedepo was invited to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 7 but declined for unknown reasons.[1]

Vedepo made his debut for the UFC on September 17, 2008 against Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 15. He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

For his second fight, Vedepo faced Rob Kimmons at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1, 2009. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Vedepo was expected to face Gerald Harris on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, replacing an injured Alessio Sakara.[2] On August 18, it was announced that the Vedepo/Harris bout had been scrapped from the card.[3]

Post-UFC[edit]

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 also notable for inventing the modified shin choke, also known as the Vedepo Choke, he used this submission to win his debut fight in Bellator.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–8 Cortez Coleman Decision (majority) Bellator 121 June 6, 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 15–8 Ben Crowder TKO (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
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 (Vedepo 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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