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    Star Joe Steveson Joins Team Jackson before Next UFC Fight

    MMAMadness.com has learned that Joe Stevenson will be leaving Cobra Kai and head trainer Irvin Bounds to join Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Stevenson makes the decision as he faces a possible "must win" scenario to stay in the UFC when he takes on Nate Diaz on June 20.

    “We both agreed it would be better if he moved on and try to change a little bit so he can continue to stay in the UFC,” Bounds said.

    Stevenson won the Welterweight division of "The Ultimate Fighter: Season Two" after defeating Luke Cummo on November 5, 2005. He consequently received a contract with the UFC in the Lightweight division.

    Stevenson’s next fight resulted in a surprising loss to Josh Neer at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4. He rebounded to win his next four fights before losing three of his next four matches to B.J. Penn, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez.

    “Joe just basically wanted to make a change in his routine. He needs to be more isolated. He wants to completely be away to focus and train with some better people like St. Pierre and Rashad and push himself,” Bounds said.

    Stevenson is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former college wrestler. The Greg Jackson camp trains such fighters as Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, and Keith Jardine.

    “Hopefully it works. I don’t see why it wouldn’t. He’s got all the players there. Greg Jackson is a great coach and he should be able to develop there and be a different Joe Stevenson,” Bounds said.

    Article co-written with Brad Rysz.

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    Default Re: Joe Steveson Joins Team Jackson before Next UFC Fight

    Good move for Stevenson. Seems like he was training with people he was better than. Lots of good partners and coaches at Jacksons, time to sink or swim for Stevenson.

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    Default Re: Joe Steveson Joins Team Jackson before Next UFC Fight

    I agree, this is good for joe daddy. I expect nothing more than a complete ass kicking of Nate Diaz now.
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    Default Re: Joe Steveson Joins Team Jackson before Next UFC Fight

    People change gyms all the time, so work out some don't. He will definatley have better people to train with in the all round game and better people to help with strategy. The best in the business don't stay in the same place for ever, the tend to train all over to find the best place at the time. It worked for GSP and a few otehrs, maybe Joe too.

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    Default Re: Joe Steveson Joins Team Jackson before Next UFC Fight

    I think GSP has the best training situation in all of mma. He trains at Tri-Star gym with his mma coaches(Zihabi) and training partners (Loiseau) but he also brings in top guys from each discipline. Joachim Alcine was recently a champion in boxing, Fabio Holanda in bjj, top canadien wrestlers, as well as top notch kickboxers. He also brings in Phil Nurse who is an exceptional muay thai coach.

    He then goes to new mexico and vice versa to work with jacksons team including Evans, Marquardt, Jardine, Villasenor, Cerrone, etc. Also has Trevor Wittman as a boxing coach and Mike Winkeljohn as a kickboxing coach.

    He breaks out of the cookie cutter mold of just training the mma disciplines with other mma guys and actually brings in top competitors from each discipline. He constantly has different guys to work with who all bring different skillsets to the table so he is not seeing the same technique.

    He should never have to change camps because his camp is always evolving, he has the money and the name to bring in top names in each discipline and the top guys in mma will flock to him.

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