Joe Stevenson: '2010 sucked -- but 2011 is my year'

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Quoteworthy:

"[Castillo is] 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. 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."

Joe Stevenson is ready to put a dismal 2010 fight campaign behind him as he heads into his UFC on Versus 3 undercard battle against WEC import Danny Castillo. Stevenson is coming off a knockout loss to Mac Danzig at UFC 124: "St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2" back in December, just the second time in ten years and 40+ fights that "Daddy" was knocked cold. Unfortunately it was also his second straight defeat, having also been thoroughly handled by George Sotiropoulos at UFC 110: "Nogueira vs. Velasquez" in February 2010. Can the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champion rebound and get back into the mix at 155-pounds? Or is Castillo going to put him on the Zuffa chopping block on Thursday night in Louisville?

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