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"Daddy's" coming home ... for good.

Former UFC lightweight title contender and recent featherweight debutant Joe Stevenson has been released by the UFC, according to MMAFighting.com.

The move comes on the heels of the biggest slump in the longtime veteran's career. After losing three in a row at 155-pounds, UFC brass gave him the opportunity to reinvent himself at 145-pounds.

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Sad to say but its about time

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I thought it would have happened when they were making the other cuts from the last card they fought.

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Posted by mattjonesy

Sad to say but its about time



It's true. He needs to stop trying to strike and go back to striking to set up the takedown and grappling with guys.

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His body has looked shot in his last few times He's been fighting professionally since like 1999 and it's finally catching up to him.

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Yeah, seen this one coming. I like Joe "Daddy" but Im suprised he didn't get cut sooner.

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He had a longer rope then most do. Dude had a lot of promise when he was fighting in KOTC and Gladiator Challenge. Still looked good on the ultimate fighter. He had 29 fights before he ever fought in the ufc and he's only 29 right now. But he faced some of the best lightweights the sport has to offer. Hopefully he can get his career back on track and make it back.

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Who does he sign with? Maybe Bellator? I'd like to see him fight some of their featherweights like Mann, Sandro, Curran, etc.

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I just don't get how he can train with one of the supposedly better camps and still not evolve or how he can just throw the gameplan out the window.

Like just standing and trading with guys, even though he was hanging in there with the guys and wasn't getting finished he was losing the fight. Too content to stand sometimes.

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Stevenson started out 8-4 until this recent 4 fight losing streak. He's tied for 4th in career ufc loses with Tito

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Posted by hotrodttt

Who does he sign with? Maybe Bellator? I'd like to see him fight some of their featherweights like Mann, Sandro, Curran, etc.



Bellator would be crazy not to jump all over this. Their FW division is arguably their best division and adding Joe Daddy would just solidfy that. He'd bring some ufc fans over as well.

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He used to be one of the UFC 's golden boys. It is no shock though. You can't perform like that and expect to still fight in the UFC. He needs to up his game a little, pick off a few wins in a different promotion and he will more than likely be back in the UFC. For now he should go to Bellator but they will probably make some silly excuse not to sign him like they did with Nate Marquardt. I don't think Bellator can afford to pay those guys what they want. Zuffa should sign him to Strikeforce.

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hopefully bellator picks him up

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MFC or DREAM can put together some interesting matches. Clementi vs Stevenson?

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Posted by Budgellism

Bellator would be crazy not to jump all over this. Their FW division is arguably their best division and adding Joe Daddy would just solidfy that. He'd bring some ufc fans over as well.



I agree 100%, but it seems like Bellator has been laying low on signing any of the recent releases, i.e. Marquardt whom I thought for sure they would sign. While I'd think they'd need to be more aggressive, I guess it's a smart business decision on their part not overpaying for every UFC castoff that comes along. I still be surprised if they don't pick him up though.

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