Joe "Daddy" Stevenson: Forget 2010, 2011 is my yearPosted on March 1, 2011, 08:57 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Losing two in a row is tough for any fighter, but Joe "Daddy" Stevenson promises to come back with avengeance and make 2011 his year. The TUF 2 winner looks to rebound from successive losses (against George Sotiropoulos and then Mac Danzig) against WEC veteran Danny Castillo. Fan favourite Joe Daddy spoke about his upcoming match, his opponent, and his ambitions for 2011:
“He’s a wild card and he’s dangerous. He wouldn’t have taken the fight if he didn’t think he could win. So I know that he’s not taking it lightly. He hits hard, he is a great wrestler, he’s got good top control, and his submission defense is very admirable. I think for him coming into the UFC, it might be a little more nerve-racking, but the more and more I think about it, there wasn’t much separating the two divisions other than a deeper talent pool than the WEC fighters. And the top WEC fighters were just as good and very dangerous.”
“I’m coming off two losses and I’m not going into this fight super nervous. I’ve been to the two loss point and back and I know how it feels and I know what to expect. I feel really comfortable, but yet I have a definite sense of urgency with this kid being as tough as he is. It’s gonna be awesome.”
“2010 was definitely a year that I needed to take a lot from as far as what I did, veering from gameplans, letting the crowd take control of me like in Australia and things like that, and learn from those experiences. I’m gonna learn from my mistakes and not allow that to ever take place. 2010 forget about it, it sucked, and 2011’s my year.”
Not too long ago, Stevenson was a highly touted title contender who fought his way to the top tier, and earned a title shot against then Champion BJ Penn. Since losing to Penn via a very bloody rear naked choke, Stevenson has had a mixed set of results, going 3-3 in his last fight. Having lost his last 2 fights, Stevenson could find himself fighting for his job on March 3rd.
So Lowkicker's, what do you think? Can Joe "Daddy" climb his way to the top, or could the original Lightweight Ultimate Fighter find himself without a job on Friday morning?
Qoute Source: UFC.com