Tru Form Ent – Joe Stevenson vs Gabriel Miglioli
Aug 26, 2016 10:30 PM ET
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Friday August 26, 2016— Joe “Daddy” Stevenson has a long and storied career as an MMA fighter. Stevenson rose to prominence by becoming The Ultimate Fighter 2 Welterweight Tournament Winner. This propelled him to the UFC where he fought such great fighters such as Nate Diaz, BJ Penn, Josh Neer, and Kurt Pellegrino, having beaten Diaz and Pellegrino. His UFC career culminated with a title shot for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship against B.J. Penn, which he lost. His current record is 32-16 having finished 22 of his opponents.
After leaving the UFC Stevenson seemed to take some time off having fought only 3 times since June 2011, having fought once in 2012 and then not entering the cage again until January 2015. Though he lost that bout after 5 rounds by split decision it appeared to be a rejuvenated fighter. His next fight was only a month ago when he beat tough Daniel McWilliams by TKO/Punches after only 1:21 of the first round.
Gabriel “Biel” Miglioli our of Sao Paulo, Brazil will be the toughest opponent he has seen in a very long time, probably since he fought Javier Vazquez in 2012. AT 9-7 Miglioli is at a crossroad in his career. Like Stevenson he has been in the game a long time. He recently lost to Johnny Cisneros at Bellator 141 by decision.
Both fighters have fought and beat fighters that are still in the upper echelon in the sport. If either fighter wants to regain relevance and have an opportunity to ascend to prominence this the fight to start that process.
Exactly 1 year ago Lucas Rota 11-6 retired after beating Casey Ryan at TFE Baptism Under Fire. From Panara Brazil fighting is in his blood. In his last 8 bouts he has only lost 1 time Ã¢?? spanning a period of 4 years, which made his sudden retirement all the more unusual.
Rota takes on a game Bellator veteran in Keith Berry. This is Berry’s first bout since leaving Bellator. He is a battle tested and tough opponent for Rota.
TUF 7 finalist Taylor looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he takes on fellow UFC veteran Baczynski. After beating/finishing both 9-0 Nick Barnes and 29-4 Michail Tsarev Taylor seemed to lose focus in his next 2 bouts. Ranked as the 15th of 525 active Russia Pro Welterweights its up to him if he wants to once again gain prominence in the welterweight division.
Baczynski has receintly been released by the UFC after 5 years of high end competition. Though he heads into this contest on a three-fight losing streak, he has only fought tough opponents and will continue to do so by taking on Taylor.
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Tru Form Ent – Joe Stevenson vs Gabriel Miglioli Fight Card:
- Joe “Daddy” Stevenson vs. Gabriel “Biel” Miglioli
- Jesse “JT Money” Taylor vs. Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski
- Andre “Dede” Ricardo vs. Marcos “The Beast” Gonzalez
- Lucas Rota vs. Keith “KO Kid” Berry
- “The Sinister” Chris Hansen vs. Mike Mazariego
- Jack “The Outlaw” May vs. Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez
- Samson Yang vs. Maikel Perez
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