Jody David Vedepo|
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||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 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|
Joe VeDepo is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2005, he has formerly competed for the UFC and Bellator.
Born and raised in the small town of Columbus Junction, just outside of Iowa City, Iowa, Vedepo was a standout wrestler at Iowa City High School. After high school, Vedepo began training in mixed martial arts (MMA).
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 December 4, 2014 Bellator MMA announced they released Vedepo from the promotion after he allegedly assaulted a police officer in Iowa.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||18 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||18–10||Daniel Vizcaya||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||RCC 14 - Revolution Combat Championships 14||December 29, 2017||1||3:49||Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States||For RCC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–9||Eddie Larrea||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RCC - Revolution Cage Combat||June 11, 2016||1||3:33||Iowa City, Iowa, United States|
|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||ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||10–3||Miguel Bernard||Submission (armbar)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||1||0:33||Hove, East Sussex, England||ZT Fight Night Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|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|
- Bellator 84 Recap: Volkov Is New Heavyweight Champion, Lightweight Tournament Postponed. cagepotato.com. December 15, 2012
- "Joe Vedepo replaces Alessio Sakara, faces Gerald Harris at UFC 118". mmajunkie.com. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010.
- "UFC 118 fight card complete with 10 bous; Harris vs. Vedepo off preliminary card". mmajunkie.com. August 18, 2010. Archived from the original on August 20, 2010.
- "Joe Vedepo vs. Ben Crowder". tapology.com. April 18, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- "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.