Since taking the “The Ultimate Fighter 2” title four years ago, Joe Stevenson has had an up-and-down Octagon career. Although he remains one of the organization’s more popular fighters, Joe Daddy knows he needs to put together an extended win streak in order to get to another championship fight.
Despite taking his last two contests, he isn’t too concerned with how many more he needs to string together to get back into a 5Round title affair.
“It is awesome that people are starting to talk about me maybe fighting for the title again. But I don’t want it to be a whisper in the wind that I ‘maybe’ get a title shot,” Stevenson said. “I want to keep on winning, and winning big, so the fans are like “Give Joe Daddy his second title shot already!”
Prior to his back-to-back victories, Stevenson had lost two consecutive and that’s what made him take a long look in the mirror. That hard stare caused the Californian to make significant changes to his training regimen, something he knows has already paid huge dividends.
“When you lose, you have to grow,” he said of his decision to search-out MMA’s top guru. “If I wanted to go forward, I had to make changes and going with Greg Jackson’s camp was something I needed to do if I wanted to go back to winning.”
Over the last few years, Jackson Submission Fighting has become a hotbed for mixed martial arts talent as the famed academy houses the world’s nastiest welterweight in Georges St-Pierre, former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and up-and-coming 205-pound stud Jon Jones, just to name a few.
Stevenson looks to showcase his refined skills against red-hot George Sotiropoulos this Saturday at UFC 110 inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The submission specialist owns an impressive 11-2 pro record and has won five straight, including four inside the Octagon.
If Daddy is able to easily make his way past a gritty Sotiropoulos, he isn’t saying he deserves a title fight immediately after that, however his actions indicate that he believes a rematch with lightweight king BJ Penn may happen sooner rather than later.
“I was asked by BJ if I wanted to train with him for [his UFC 112 fight against Frankie Edgar], but as great as that would be, I had to say no because I think I am going to be fighting him again at the end of the year,” Stevenson stated. “Frankie Edgar has the next title shot, but Gray Maynard is there too, and the whole division is stacked.
“I need to keep on looking good and making sure the UFC notices me every time I fight.”