Tag:Joe Stevenson
Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 11:38 pm

UFC 110 live Results: Stevenson vs. Sotiropoulos

Joe "Daddy" Stevenson fights hometown favorite George Sotiropoulos at lightweight.

Sotiropoulos enters to "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath. No sign of Precious Paul Ellering in his corner.

Sotiropoulos is one of those fighter names that really makes you earn your keep as a rapid-fire live blogger.

Round 1: Stevenson tests the distance with a couple of looping lefts. Sotiropoulos with a straight left. Sotiropoulos takes a single leg and Stevenson defends it well. Stevenson underhooks the arms and tries to throw Sotiropoulos but it doesn't work, and he ends up with Sotiropoulos in his full guard. Sotiropoulos gets one leg free, trying to pass to the side. Stevenson also has his arms trapped briefly. Herb Dean warns them to stay busy, which is weird since they're pretty actively struggling for control. Sotiropoulos tries to pass as Stevenson looks to sweep, and it ends up with Sotiropoulos standing over Stevenson and hammerfisting him repeatedly. Stevenson connects with an upkick. Stevenson applies an arm triangle and Sotiropoulos slips out of it, then moves to full mount. A wild scramble ensues as Stevenson tries to escape. Sotiropoulos ends up working from the side and nearly gets an armbar with seconds left in the round. He switches back to full mount right before the buzzer. 10-9 Sotiropoulos, and the Australian crowd is cheering wildly for him.

Round 2: Sotiropoulos is getting cheered on by the audience in a very GSP-in-Montreal way. Sotiropoulos lands some inside punches while Stevenson starts throwing leg kicks. Stevenson with a lunging uppercut that misses. Sotiropoulos with a pair of three-punch combos, landing a few. Stevenson gets a double-leg takedown. Sotiropoulos uses a triangle choke setup to transition to an omoplata, trapping Stevenson's arm. Stevenson fights to break free and Sotiropoulos rolls through with the omoplata to sweep Stevenson. Beautiful jiu-jitsu display right there. Sotiropoulos renews his crank on the arm. Stevenson breaks free and ends up on top in Sotiropoulos' guard. Stevenson goes for an ankle lock but can't complete it. Sotiropoulos slaps on an anaconda choke as the round ends. Very close round. I call it 10-9 Sotiropoulos, but it could go either way.

Round 3: Sotiropoulos throws some body punch combos. Stevenson with an outside leg kick. Sotiropoulos catches the leg and trips Stevenson to the mat, but Stevenson scrambles to his feet quickly. They end up grappling against the fence. A prolonged struggle goes nowhere, and they separate. Sotiropoulos tags Stevenson with a nice right to the jaw. Stevenson shoots and Sotiropoulos defends it well. Stevenson lifts Sotiropoulos to complete the takedown with a slam, and winds up in Sotiropoulos' half guard. Sotiropoulos works back to full guard before Stevenson can do any damage on the ground. Stevenson stands up and Sotiropoulos connects with an upkick. Sotiropoulos stands and Stevenson completes another takedown. Sotiropoulos controls Stevenson's upper body to prevent ground and pound as the third round ends. I score the fight 30-27 Sotiropoulos, but I could see the second round going to Stevenson. We'll see what the judges think.

Winner: George Sotiropoulos defeats Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.

That's an enormous win for Sotiropoulos, made even bigger by the fact that it happened in his home country with the crowd roaring in approval the entire time.

Posted on: October 24, 2009 10:26 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2009 10:44 pm

UFC 104 live results: Stevenson vs. Fisher

Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer "The King" Fisher is up next at lightweight.

Fisher enters the Octagon to Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down," which is 40 different kinds of awesome.

Round 1: Stevenson with a leg kick. Fisher with an inside leg kick. Stevenson with a left hook and Fisher counters with a right. Fisher now throwing body kicks as a lead-in to punches. Stevenson goes for a bodylock takedown and Fisher sprawls. Stevenson puts Fisher's back to the fence and tries to muscle him down. Stevenson switches to a double leg and keeps fighting for it. Back to a body lock. Fisher is bleeding over the right eye, but he's an easy bleeder. They're separated and Fisher starts with leg kicks again. Stevenson with an elbow to the wounded eye. Fisher smiling and waving Stevenson forward, so Stevenson takes him down and tries to take Fisher's back as he turtles up. The horn blows to end the round as Stevenson goes for a rear naked choke. 10-9 Stevenson.

Round 2: They duke it out with nobody gaining an advantage for the first minute of the round. Stevenson gets another takedown and Fisher takes full guard. Fisher with elbows from the bottom. Stevenson postures up and tries for a leg lock, but fisher pulls out of it and re-establishes guard. Stevenson grinds up Fisher's head with short elbows, re-opening that cut. Fisher loses half guard as Stevenson takes side control and traps the arm. Stevenson hammers away with elbows, and with Fisher unable to defend himself, referee Herb dean stops it.

Winner: Joe Stevenson defeats Spencer Fisher via submission due to strikes at 4:03 of Round 2.

Posted on: November 25, 2008 7:25 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2008 7:28 pm

Sherk not interested in fighting Stevenson

In speaking with former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk on Monday for a feature on the Round 5 MMA action figure line, Sherk also touched on a few fight-related issues.

Sherk has not heard anything yet about his next opponent, following his win over Tyson Griffin at UFC 90 on Oct. 25. After Kenny Florian defeated Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 -- earning a title shot at BJ Penn in the process -- speculation was that Stevenson may fight Sherk, in a battle of the last two fighters to lose to Penn in lightweight title bouts. If Sherk gets his way, a fight with Stevenson isn't happening.

Sean Sherk (UFC)"You know, he just got beat," Sherk said. "If he would have won that fight with Kenny, then yeah, I would have loved to fight Joe. I was asking for that fight too. But being that he got beat by Kenny, I don't want to fight a guy that's coming off a loss. That doesn't help me or benefit my career at all. I need to fight guys that have been winning fights. By him getting beat by Kenny, who I beat, it wouldn't be a very good business move, I don't think."

Sherk is only interested in fighting the absolute best, he said -- no newcomers, no gatekeepers, and certainly nobody on a losing streak.

"I want to fight another guy that's got a resume like mine," Sherk said. "I want to fight a top contender, a guy that's got a big resume who I'm gonna benefit from fighting. I'm not interested in fighting up-and-comers. I'm not interested in fighting guys that don't have the resumes, that haven't fought in main events, that haven't fought and beaten world-class fighters. That doesn't interest me."

"I've been in this industry for nine years," Sherk continued. "I've won world titles. I've been ranked top in the world for for many, many, many years and I've got 41 professional fights. For me, it's about creating a legacy. And I just want to fight guys that are going to help me step forward in this industry. That's the reason why I asked for the Tyson Griffin fight, you know. I actually asked for that fight. I looked at the division and I thought Tyson Griffin was the top guy at that time. I looked at him as the number one contender. So that's the guy I wanted to fight. Now I look at the division and there's only a couple guys out there right now that have the resume that I have, and those are the guys that I want to beat."

In a separate interview with Sherk published today by CBSSports.com contributor Sam Caplan on his website FiveOuncesOfPain.com, Sherk said he'd welcome a rematch with Florian, but doesn't think it will be offered.

Sherk defeated Florian to win the vacant lightweight title in October 2006. He defended the belt successfully one time -- a unanimous decision win over Hermes Franca in July 2007, in a bout that saw both Franca and Sherk test positive for banned substances. Franca admitted his usage and apologized for it, but Sherk maintained his innocence and sought to prove his case with the California State Athletic Commission.

The chain of events that followed have been widely reported and heavily scrutinized, with Sherk feeling he didn't get a fair shake from the commission, and the CSAC seemingly prolonging the process while admitting to not even handling Sherk's paperwork in a timely manner. Sherk was stripped of his title, which wound up in the hands of Penn in January.

Recently, CSAC head Armando Garcia resigned from his position amid mounting criticism and accusations of everything from mishandling funds to inter-office harrassment. While Sherk feels Garcia was a large part of the problem with the CSAC, he said the commission has a long way to go in winning back his trust. In the aftermath of his suspension hearings, Sherk said he never wanted to fight in California again for the way he felt they mistreated him. Despite Garcia's departure from the CSAC, Sherk would still prefer to steer clear of California.

"To be honest with you, I'm still not interested," Sherk said. "There's more problems there than just one. Armando was the big problem obviously, and there's other people there that are a problem too. They've got a lot of housecleaning to do. There's a reason why nobody wants to fight there. It's not just me, a lot of fighters don't want to fight there. The UFC has not been there since July of '07, and there's a reason for that. So that being said, I'm still just not interested in going back to California. Time will tell. I think there's a lot of cleaning house to do, and there's some things that need to be corrected."
Posted on: January 19, 2008 4:57 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2008 5:24 pm

UFC 80 live blog: BJ Penn vs. Joe Stevenson

The main event is up: BJ Penn vs. Joe Stevenson for the vacant UFC lightweight title.

Round 1: Penn overwhelmed Stevenson right out of the gate with a flurry of punches. Stevenson rocked back into a sitting position and ate more punches on the ground. Penn slowed down a bit and Stevenson took half guard. Penn moved Stevenson back against the cage and took full mount with a pair of grapevines. Stevenson escaped the mount but ate some hard strikes in trying to get back to his feet. Penn took full mount again. Stevenson put together some nice strikes to Penn's face from the bottom, which Penn answered from the top. Penn landed a grazing right elbow and busted Stevenson wide open. There was a ridiculous amount of blood spilling from Stevenson's head as the round came to a close. The fight will continue, but the corner never did get the cut to stop bleeding.

Round 2: Stevenson and Penn stand and trade for a while. Other than the blood, Stevenson looks to be of sound mind and not all that shaken. The blood is going down the middle of his face, so his vision isn't in too much jeopardy. Penn dropped Stevenson and took full mount again, and punished Stevenson with strikes. Penn gets Stevenson's back and finishes it with a rear naked choke for the tap.

Winner: BJ Penn defeated Joe Stevenson via submission to a rear naked choke at 4:02 of Round 2 to become the new UFC lightweight champion.
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