|Born||Joseph Christopher Stevenson
June 15, 1982
Torrance, California, United States)
|Residence||Hesperia, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (145lb) (2011–2012)
Lightweight (155lb) (2006–2011, 2012-present)
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Team||Jackson's Submission Fighting|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Victor Valley College|
|Notable school(s)||Silverado High|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joseph Christopher Stevenson (born June 15, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist fighting out of Hesperia, California. Coached by (UFC Hall of Famer) Matt Hughes, Stevenson rose to prominence by becoming The Ultimate Fighter 2 Welterweight Tournament Winner. Following a drop in weight class and two-year undefeated streak, he was ranked among the top UFC Lightweight competitors, culminating into a title shot for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship against B.J. Penn at UFC 80: Rapid Fire (after the title was stripped from Sean Sherk). Stevenson fought most of his career as a Lightweight and made his Featherweight debut at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry. He is the former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion.
Stevenson began wrestling at the age of 11 and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 13. He moved to Las Vegas in 2004, and began training at Marc Laimon's Cobra Kai in Las Vegas. In March 2008, Stevenson opened his own school in his hometown of Victorville, California. "Joe Stevenson's Cobra Kai" teaches MMA as well as boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. On November 8, 2008, Stevenson earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Robert Drysdale. After his loss to Diego Sanchez, Stevenson got a call from Rashad Evans for an invite to check out his camp at Jackson's Submission Fighting. After being reluctant at first, he finally joined Greg Jackson's camp in April 2009.
Mixed martial arts career
Stevenson was one of the more experienced fighters participating in The Ultimate Fighter 2. He had a professional record of 23-6-0 and held the 155 lb (70 kg). championship at King of the Cage and the 170 lb (77 kg). at Gladiator Challenge going into the show.
On November 5, 2005, Stevenson defeated Luke Cummo by unanimous decision, winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 welterweight tournament and earning a six-figure contract with the UFC, UFC president Dana White said "that was Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin, only on the ground".
On April 6, 2006, in his first fight after winning The Ultimate Fighter 2, he was upset by Josh Neer at Ultimate Fight Night 4, losing the fight by unanimous decision. Following the loss, Stevenson announced that he would drop down to the Lightweight division for future bouts.
On July 8, 2006, at UFC 61, Stevenson won his 155-pound debut against Yves Edwards. After opening up a deep cut on Edwards from the top position, the doctors were forced to pull Edwards from the match.
Next, Stevenson was booked for the main event at UFC Fight Night 9 against fellow Season 2 contestant Melvin Guillard. Despite a war of words between the two fighters, particularly by Guillard leading up to the bout, Stevenson made quick work of his opponent, knocking down Guillard with a punch before securing a fight-ending guillotine choke.
At UFC 74, Stevenson defeated Kurt Pellegrino by unanimous decision. After the fight doctors determined that during the course of the fight Stevenson's nose had been fractured. With his string of victories at 155, Stevenson established himself as one of the top contenders in the UFC's very competitive Lightweight division.
UFC Lightweight Championship
Stevenson was set to fight BJ Penn for the UFC Interim Lightweight Championship at UFC 80 due to ongoing litigation regarding Sean Sherk's steroid use. On December 4, 2007, the California State Athletic Commission upheld a reduced suspension for Sherk, prompting the UFC to strip him of the lightweight championship. UFC President Dana White then confirmed that Stevenson and Penn's match would be to fill the vacant lightweight championship, but the winner of that fight would face Sherk at the next opportunity.
Just seconds after the start of the fight, Penn knocked Stevenson down with a right uppercut. From the top position, Penn landed a strong elbow to the head of Stevenson—causing a serious cut on Stevenson's hairline. In the second round, Stevenson fought more aggressively but was still unable to threaten Penn. After taking Stevenson's back, Penn secured a fight-ending rear naked choke at 4:02 of the second round.
UFC after loss to Penn
At UFC 91 on November 15, 2008, Stevenson was set to face top-contender Kenny Florian in a highly anticipated bout. Despite stating that he was offended to be considered an underdog against Florian, Stevenson was outclassed in the bout. After being taken down three minutes into the fight, Stevenson was mounted and eventually gave up his back to Florian. Florian forced Stevenson, who had just attained his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, to submit to a rear naked choke just 4:03 into the first round.
Stevenson went on to face top 10 contender George Sotiropoulos on February 21, 2010, at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia. Stevenson lost a very one sided fight by unanimous decision, but was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Stevenson was expected to face former Pride Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi on August 1, 2010 at UFC Live on Versus: 2. However, Stevenson pulled out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Tyson Griffin.
Stevenson faced fellow TUF winner Mac Danzig on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124. Stevenson lost via a left hook KO as Danzig was moving back toward the cage. This loss was his first KO loss since 1999.
Stevenson was defeated by Javier Vazquez via unanimous decision in his featherweight debut on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4. After having four consecutive losses, Stevenson was released from the UFC. He became the fourth The Ultimate Fighter winner to be released from the UFC.
Resurrection Fighting Alliance
Stevenson signed a new contract with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). He fought Dakota Cochrane at Lightweight in the main event of RFA 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Stevenson was rocked early in the first round by a knee from Cochrane, yet Stevenson managed to take Cochrane down to control him throughout the round. At the start of the second round, Cochrane rocked Stevenson again and managed to secure a rear naked choke. Stevenson escaped the attempt, but Cochrane was able to quickly take Stevenson's back a second time and finished via submission due to a rear-naked choke.
Stevenson next fought Dominique Robinson at Sugar Shane Promotions on January 30, 2015. He lost the fight via split decision. Stevenson will return to the cage July 30, 2016 and fight in the California Fight League.
Stevenson is the only son of Carolina Smith of Victorville, California. He has one older sister, Monica; a younger sister, Reye; and a step sister, Jessica. Stevenson's first wife, Lisa, gave him two sons; Joe Jr. and Tyler. Stevenson and his second wife, Maia, have two sons, Frankie and Maximus. Stevenson's father Raymond died from bone marrow cancer when he was 17.
He graduated in the class of 2000 from Silverado High School in Victorville, California. As a Hawk Wrestler, he placed in CIF as a sophomore and senior (4th at Masters in March, 2000). Stevenson put his life on hold when his mother's father suddenly became ill in 1999. After finishing high school in June, 2000, Joe "Daddy" Stevenson married his first wife; became a father of Joey Jr.; continued to fight professionally for King of the Cage; and wrestled at Victor Valley College to become the 198-lb champion at the Southern California Community College Regionals (a title previously held by fellow-UFC-star, Tito Ortiz). Stevenson was up a few weight divisions due to his last-minute King of the Cage schedule and also because of his friend and sophomore-teammate, UFC fighter, Phillip Miller at 184). Stevenson has a treasure trove of younger cousins who love to brag about cousin Joey .
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter 2 Welterweight Tournament Winner
- Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Yves Edwards, Diego Sanchez, Nate Diaz, George Sotiropoulos
- Submission of the Night (Two times) vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Melvin Guillard
- First The Ultimate Fighter Tournament Winner in UFC Welterweight History
- King of the Cage
- Ring of Fire
- Ring of Fire Welterweight Championship
- Rage In The Cage
- Rage In The Cage Welterweight Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|47 matches||31 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||31–16||Dominique Robinson||Decision (split)||Super Brawl Showdown I||January 30, 2015||5||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||31–15||Dakota Cochrane||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RFA 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane||June 30, 2012||2||1:04||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||31–14||Javier Vazquez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||3||5:00||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Featherweight debut|
|Loss||31–13||Danny Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||3||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||31–12||Mac Danzig||KO (punch)||UFC 124||December 11, 2010||1||1:54||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||31–11||George Sotiropoulos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 110||February 21, 2010||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||31–10||Spencer Fisher||Submission (elbows)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||2||4:03||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||30–10||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale||June 20, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||29–10||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 95||February 21, 2009||3||5:00||London, England||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||29–9||Kenny Florian||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 91||November 15, 2008||1||4:03||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||29–8||Gleison Tibau||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||2||2:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||28–8||B.J. Penn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 80||January 19, 2008||2||4:02||Newcastle, England||For UFC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||28–7||Kurt Pellegrino||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 74||August 25, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27–7||Melvin Guillard||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard||April 5, 2007||1||0:27||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||26–7||Dokonjonosuke Mishima||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 65: Bad Intentions||November 18, 2006||1||2:07||Sacramento, California, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||25–7||Yves Edwards||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||July 8, 2006||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Lightweight; Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||24–7||Josh Neer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–6||Luke Cummo||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||November 5, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 2|
|Win||23–6||Joe Camacho||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC 33: After Shock||February 20, 2004||2||4:36||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||22–6||Cory Cass||Submission||GC 21: Gladiator Challenge 21||December 7, 2003||1||1:10||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||21–6||Thomas Schulte||KO (knee)||KOTC 30: The Pinnacle||November 2, 2003||1||3:29||Pala, California, United States||Won KOTC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||20–6||Demitrius Jefford||KO||GC 19: Gladiator Challenge 19||September 28, 2003||1||1:09||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||19–6||Kiko Cassela||TKO (corner stoppage)||KOTC 27: Aftermath||August 10, 2003||1||4:21||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||18–6||Thomas Denny||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC 23: Sin City||May 16, 2003||1||0:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–6||Chuck Kim||Submission (armbar)||GC 15: Gladiator Challenge 15||April 13, 2003||1||1:03||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||16–6||Casey Balkenbush||TKO (elbows)||GC 14: Gladiator Challenge 14||February 16, 2003||1||2:27||Porterville, California, United States|
|Loss||15–6||Romie Aram||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 17: Nuclear Explosion||October 19, 2002||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||15–5||Jeremy Jackson||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC 15: Bad Intentions||June 22, 2002||1||1:27||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||14–5||Cruz Chacon||Submission (kneebar)||Ring Of Fire Warriors 4||March 15, 2002||1||1:35||Denver, Colorado, United States||Won Ring of Fire Welterweight Championship|
|Win||13–5||Jerry Gummo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 12: Cold Blood||February 9, 2002||1||1:05||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||12–5||Brad Gumm||Decision||UP 1: Ultimate Pankration 1||November 11, 2001||3||4:00||Cabazon, California, United States|
|Win||11–5||Gary Aldar||TKO (punches)||GC 6: Caged Beasts||September 9, 2001||1||2:37||Colusa, California, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Brad Gumm||Decision||GC 5: Rumble in the Rockies||August 19, 2001||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||10–4||Ryan Painter||Decision (split)||KOTC 10: Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||9–4||Edwin Dewees||Decision (unanimous)||GC 4: Collision at Colusa||June 17, 2001||3||5:00||Colusa, California, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Ronald Jhun||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors Quest 1: The New Beginning||May 29, 2001||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||For vacant Warriors Quest Middleweight Championship|
|Win||8–3||Maurice Wilson||Decision (unanimous)||GC 3: Showdown at Soboba||April 7, 2001||3||5:00||Friant, California, United States|
|Win||7–3||Kai Kamaka||Submission (shoulder lock)||GC 2: Collision at Colusa||February 18, 2001||1||2:16||Colusa, California, United States|
|Win||6–3||Eric Meaders||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 6: Road Warriors||November 29, 2000||3||5:00||Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||5–3||Mike Berardi||Decision (unanimous)||RITC 20: Rage in the Cage 20||August 30, 2000||3||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Won the Rage In The Cage Welterweight Championship|
|Win||4–3||David Roberts||Submission||HBUP: Huntington Beach Underground Pancrase||May 13, 2000||1||N/A||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Win||3–3||Toby Imada||Decision||KOTC 3: Knockout Nightmare||April 15, 2000||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||2–3||Maurice Wilson||Submission (guillotine choke)||EFC: Extreme Fighter Challenge||February 2, 2000||2||N/A||California, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Chris Brennan||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC 1: Bas Rutten's King of the Cage||October 30, 1999||1||2:04||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Jens Pulver||KO (punch)||BRI 3: Bas Rutten Invitational 3||June 1, 1999||1||0:38||Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Horton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BRI 3: Bas Rutten Invitational 3||June 1, 1999||1||2:21||Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joe Camacho||Submission (triangle choke)||ESF: Empire One||May 15, 1999||1||N/A||Corona, California, United States|
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