The Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Joe ‘Daddy’ Stevenson who’s become a fixture in the UFC since the show is looking to put his recent woes in the Octagon behind him by dropping down a weight class to featherweight.
Stevenson’s first encounter in the division will be against another veteran, BJJ expert Javier ‘Showtime’ Vasquez who’ll be making his UFC debut after transferring from the WEC.
Once a title contender at lightweight, Stevenson has fallen on hard times in the past few years, going 3-5 since his fight with champion at the time, BJ Penn, and losing his last three on the trot.
For some fighters that would have been enough to bring an end to their UFC career’s, but Stevenson is a well liked figure in the promotion, and with the 145lb division needing strengthening, it makes sense for him to be given a chance to reinvent himself there.
The 28 year-old will join other UFC fighters who have recently made the switch, including Tyson Griffin and Kenny Florian who are all looking to climb the featherweight ladder for a title shot against current champion Jose Aldo.