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Joe Stevenson dropping divisions this summer for bout with Javier Vazquez

It appears Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson will follow the lead of former lightweights Ken Florian and Tyson Griffin in their decision to drop to 145-pounds, as the UFC announced earlier today that the 28-year old is set to face former WEC featherweight Javier Vazquez on June 26 when the organization returns to the Versus Network for UFC Live 4.

The change in weight-classes may help rekindle the one-time contender’s UFC career or potentially end it for the foreseeable future depending on the outcome of his bout with Vazquez. The 33-13 Stevenson has gone 3-5 since losing to B.J. Penn at UFC 80 including a trio of consecutive losses in his last three outings. However, the Californian holds wins over a number of notable peers including Melvin Guillard, Kurt Pellegrino, and Nate Diaz, and seems better suited for smaller opposition given his 5’7” frame.

Though Vazquez has yet to show his goods in the Octagon yet, fans of WEC are likely familiar with the submission specialist’s skills based on an exciting run in the organization during 2009-2010. He holds an overall record of 15-5 with eleven victories via submission and the impressive note of all five losses coming as the result of a decision (three of which were Split).

No other match-ups have been announced for the event though a clash between heavyweight kickboxers Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry has been rumored for the summer show.


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