Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson, a long-time servant of the UFC, has been released from the promotion after a string of defeats.

Stevenson has been toiling for some time in the lightweight division, essentially ever since being dominated by BJ Penn in a title fight all the way back at UFC 80 in January of 2008.

Since then he’s gone 3-6, and had lost his last four fights in a row leading up to his dismissal. After losing to George Sotiropoulos, Mac Danzig and Danny Castillo Stevenson made a last-ditch attempt to save his UFC career by dropping down to featherweight in June, but a subsequent sub-par performance against Javier Velasquez sealed his fate.

Stevenson initially broke into the UFC by winning the second season of The Ultimate Fighter back in 2005, and over the years has proven himself to be a likeable character and notched up a number of notable wins over the likes of Nate Diaz, Melvin Guillard, Kurt Pellegrino, Gleison Tibau and Spencer Fisher.

In the end Stevenson’s downfall may simply have been the sheer number of fights he’s been in. Despite still being only 29 he’s had 45 fights in total, going 31-14 over an 11 year period.

Despite appearing to be somewhat burned out Stevenson ist still a very recognisable face and so he’ll have no problem aligning himself with another well known promotion if he chooses to continue fighting, with the likes of Bellator, BAMMA, DREAM and ProElite almost certain to be in the hunt for his signature.