UFC lightweight fighter Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has lost his last two fights in a row, with his most recent defeat coming by surprising first round knockout to Mac Danzig. Despite ending 2010 on a career-low note, Stevenson recently told UFC.com that he is as confident as ever and that he plans on turning things around in 2011, starting by getting a win over Danny Castillo at UFC Live 3.
“I’m coming off two losses and I’m not going into this fight super nervous,” said Stevenson. “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.”
Stevenson believes that, more than anything, his performances in 2010 highlighted certain mistakes he was prone to making that he vows not to make again.
“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,” he said. “I’m gonna learn from my mistakes and not allow that to ever take place.”
Though he has taken valuable lessons away from last year’s pair of losses, Stevenson is not fixated on those two bouts, opting instead to put them in his rearview and make a statement in 2011.
“2010,” said Stevenson, “forget about it, it sucked, and 2011’s my year.”