In 2008, Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson was in his mid-twenties and competing for a UFC championship. Fast-forward to this weekend and his career outlook appears to be drastically different.
Stevenson picked up his fifth consecutive loss last night after suffering a submission to Dakota Cochrane in the main event at RFA 4. The bout was far from competitive with Cochrane establishing the pace early, landing a number of well-placed strikes including a series in the second stanza leaving Stevenson on the canvas and prone to Cochrane’s BJJ.
The defeat dropped the record for “Daddy” to 31-15 and 3-7 in his last ten tilts. Prior to his slide Stevenson was considered to be one of the toughest lightweight draws in the sport, owning past instances of success against the likes of Melvin Guillard, Kurt Pellegrino, Gleison Tibau, and Nate Diaz. Also worth noting, Stevenson took a year off prior to the pairing in hopes of improving his skill set while recharging his batteries along the way.
The win snapped a two-fight skid for Cochrane, improving his overall mark to 12-3. Fans likely remember the 26-year old from his role as a TUF 15 contestant who didn’t win his qualifying fight but received a ton of publicity prior to the show for his work in the adult film industry.
Read below for a full list of RFA 3 results:
Brandon Neujahr-Gomez def. James Donahue via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Erin Smith def. LaNita Jackson via TKO Round 1 (Retirement)
Jesus Sandoval def. Duane Johnson via Unanimous Decision Round 3
Julian Marquez def. Tony Rodriguez via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Carl Postma def. Anthony Alirez via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
T.J. Hepburn def. Jeremy Mier via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Aaron Ely def. Matt Manzanares via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Nick Macias def. Sean Wilson via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jordan Rinaldi def. Mark Dickman via Unanimous Decision
James Krause def. Amir Khillah via Split Decision
Bubba Jenkins def. Jesus Adame via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Chidi Njoukuani def. Bobby Cooper via Unanimous Decision
Dakota Cochrane def. Joe Stevenson via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
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