Posted by chickmagnet
Joe Stevenson to 145
I was thinking about him too. There are a handful of UFC Lightweights who look capable of dropping to Featherweight, but are probably resistant to dropping to a "lesser" organization. Let's face it, even though the WEC's Featherweight division is stacked, the public still regards the WEC as a lower tier of competition, if they regard it at all. Guys like Tyson Griffin, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard have no reason to move down, and Urijah Faber has talked about moving up.
However, Stevenson has dropped out of the UFC's Lightweight Top 10, and barring a dramatic transformation, he's probably lost any chance of a title shot in the next couple of years. At this point, he should probably be open-minded about moving to another organization. If a Japanese promotion offered him a contract, I'd say he should go for it, but I don't know how likely that is. If Strikeforce or WEC offered him a Lightweight fight, I think he could make some noise, but if he's of a mind to leave the UFC, I think the WEC's Featherweight division carries more prestige.