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Joe Stevenson moves to 145, will fight Javier Vasquez at UFC On Versus 4

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-09 16:23:30 +0000 #1

Following three consecutive losses and a 2-5 mark in his past seven fights, Joe Stevenson (31-13 MMA, 8-7 UFC) is dropping from lightweight to featherweight to meet Javier Vazquez (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on Versus 4.

UFC officials today announced the bout.

Although not officially announced, UFC on Versus 4 takes place June 26, and Pittsburgh's 19,000-seat Consol Energy Center is expected to play host.

It's not clear if Stevenson vs. Velasquez will be part of the night's Versus-televised main card.

Stevenson, who won "The Ultimate Fighter 2" in 2005, had emerged as a top UFC lightweight contender but fell short in a 2008 title fight with B.J. Penn. And though he's racked up three "Fight of the Night" bonuses during his recent skid, losses have come to the likes of Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, George Sotiropoulos, Mac Danzig and, most recently, Danny Castillo at UFC on Versus 3.

The fan favorite now is slated to fight Vazquez, a fellow vet who joined the UFC after the recent merger with his former home, the WEC. Vazquez, who makes his UFC debut at the event, went 2-3 in the WEC. After submitting Jens Pulvers and Mackens Semerzier, he suffered a decision loss to Chad Mendes, which came in his most recent bout at WEC 52 in November.

Onion2011-04-09 16:36:46 +0000 #2
I wonder how the leg amputation surgery went for him.
seansloan2011-04-09 16:44:06 +0000 #3
Luckily has lack of forehead makes cutting easy.I had a cat with less lives than Joe.
split decision2011-04-09 16:32:55 +0000 #4
Seriously, the guy will be so drained and drawn from that weight cut, he's not likely going to have much of a gas tank at featherweight.
Cbear2011-04-09 17:37:56 +0000 #5
ITs got to be do or die for Joe with this one
Best80smovieRAD2011-04-09 16:43:36 +0000 #6
stevenson has to feel like a teenage girl

lose weight or be cut thats like losing weight and not making it as a model or something



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