Posted by Dave Rispoli
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Dave Rispoli

Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, who made his mark in the MMA world when he won Season 2 of The Ultimate Fighter, is ready to dust off his gloves and step back inside the cage.

The UFC veteran revealed to he will be making his professional return on July 30, headlining a California Fight League in San Bernardino, California.

"I have so much stuff going on in my life right now, fighting is the only place that feels normal for me. I can't wait," Stevenson said.

After winning TUF, Stevenson had a six-year run in the UFC, eventually fighting for the vacant lightweight title against MMA legend BJ Penn (who, coincidentally enough, is also coming out of retirement). In total, he fought 15 times under the UFC banner.

After retirement, Stevenson has kept extremely active in the MMA community, opening a Cobra Kai gym in Victorville, coaching a slew of fighting prospects and most recently, fight consulting on the Direct TV series Kingdom.

Joe added, with childlike excitement I might add, that he is currently, "168 pounds and feeling great!"

A reinvigorated and in-shape Joe "Daddy" could be bad news for his opponent, and Champions will surely be there on July 30th to watch it all unfold.