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Joe Stevenson becomes latest TUF winner cut by the UFC

After losing four fights in a row, Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson has been released by the UFC, closing a chapter of his life spanning nearly six years, involving three different weight-classes, and featuring a one title-shot.

Stevenson’s newly acquired “free agent” status was first reported by MMAFighting.

The 29-year old rose to championship contention with a series of consecutive victories at 155-pounds after dropping down the instant the promotion opened the cage-doors to lightweights in 2006. Among the wins were stoppages against Yves Edwards and Melvin Guillard, as well as a decision over Kurt Pellegrino earning him a crack at B.J. Penn who ultimately carved him up, then choked him out.

Though Joe “Daddy” followed the loss up with an outpointing of Gleison Tibau, he’s struggled to find consistency in the Octagon since with poor performances in bouts against Diego Sanchez and Ken Florian followed up by superb showings against Nate Diaz and Spencer Fisher.

Hoping to remedy his struggles, Stevenson decided to test the featherweight waters last month at UFC Live 4 where he lost via Unanimous Decision to WEC veteran Javier Vazquez.

As it stands, Stevenson exits the UFC with an overall record of 31-14 including fifteen submissions and five TKOs.