Darren Stewart (fighter)

Darren Erdley Stewart (born 30 December 1990)[6] is an English mixed martial artist and he competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2013, he has also competed for Cage Warriors.

Darren Stewart
Darren Stewart at UFC 228.jpg
Darren Stewart at UFC 228
BornDarren Erdley Springer-Stewart[1]
(1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 30)[2]
Poplar, East London, England
Other namesThe Dentist[1]
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
Light Heavyweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)[3]
TeamThe MMA Clinic
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo[4]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Michael Russell[5]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission1
By decision4
By submission2
By decision5
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Stewart was born in Poplar, East London, England. His father was from Jamaica and his mother was from St Vincent. Encouraged by his mum, Stewart started MMA training at 13 for self-defence due to the crime rate was high in London with the youth during that time.[3] His friend Regan Lawrence was at The MMA Clinic at that time and invited him to try on MMA, even though his initial thought was "I’m not doing that crap, cage fighting. I’ve seen the blood on TV. No way", but he eventually found MMA full contact striking exciting,[7] and thrived where he competed in the UK and abroad.[1]

Stewart works as a full-time prison officer for the Crown Court in London Bridge.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Stewart fought most of the fights in England and picked up seven consecutive wins with five by knockout before signed by UFC.[8] He was the former Killacam light heavy weight champion in England.[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Light heavyweightEdit

Stewart made his promotional debut on 17 September 2016, at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 against Francimar Barroso at São Paulo, Brazil. Stewart was initially declared the winner of the fight via TKO,[10] but the decision was overturned by Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), after an appeal from Borroso,[11] as a result from an accidental head butt prior Stewart rained down a series of heavy punches. The bout was finally declared as no contest.[12][13] Calling for a rematch when UFC would return to London,[2] Stewart was displeased with the CABMMA decision and commented "The entire situation stinks. I put a lot of time and money into this fight, won the fight, and his mates at the Brazilian MMA Commission overturned the decision. Fighting a Brazilian in Brazil is something that every fighter should think very strongly about. Had I lost and made an appeal to the Brazil commission, I doubt it would be overturned because I’m not from Brazil.”[14]

The match with Francimar Barroso was rescheduled on 18 March 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson.[15] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[16]


After losing to Barroso in March 2017, Stewart announced he would compete in the middleweight division.[17]

Stewart faced Karl Roberson on 11 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis.[18][19] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[20]

Stewart faced promotional newcomer Julian Marquez on 16 December 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[21] He lost the back-and-forth bout via submission in the second round.[22] Even though he lost the fight, he was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus award.[23]

Stewart faced Eric Spicely on 27 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 130.[24] He won the fight via technical knock out in the second round.[25] The win earned him his first Performance of the Night award.[26]

Stewart faced Charles Byrd on 8 September 2018 at UFC 228.[27] He won the fight via technical knockout.[28]

Stewart faced promotional newcomer Edmen Shahbazyan on 30 November 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.[29] He lost the fight via split decision.[30]

Stewart faced Bevon Lewis on 8 June 2018 at UFC 238.[31] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[32]

Stewart faced Deron Winn on 18 October 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6.[33] At the weigh-in, Winn weighed in at 188.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the middleweight non-title fight limit of 186. The bout was held at catchweight and winn was fined 20% of his purse which went to their opponents Stewart.[34] He won the fight via split decision.[35]

Stewart was scheduled to face Marvin Vettori on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[36] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC bout was moved to Cage Warriors 113 main event in which he faced Bartosz Fabiński instead.[37] Stewart lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Stewart faced Maki Pitolo on 8 August 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174.[38] He won the fight via a guillotine choke in round one.[39] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[40]

Stewart faced Kevin Holland on 19 September 2020 at UFC Fight Night 178.[41] He lost the fight via split decision.[42]

Stewart faced Eryk Anders on 13 March 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187.[43] Due to an illegal knee thrown by Anders in round one, the fight was declared a no contest.[44]

Stewart rematched Eryk Anders on June 12, 2021 at UFC 263.[45] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[46]

Personal lifeEdit

Stewart's moniker "The Dentist" refers to his opponents, whereby "He (his opponent) is just another patient who's gonna get drilled".[47]

Stewart is an avid dancer and was a student of contemporary dance, ballet and street dance for GCSE. He was also a salsa dancing champion.[1]

Steward lives in Barking, London with his fiancée Katherine, an Ecuadorian, and his sons Marlon and Tyler.[1]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 12 wins 7 losses
By knockout 7 0
By submission 1 2
By decision 4 5
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–7 (2) Eryk Anders Decision (unanimous) UFC 263 12 June 2021 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
NC 12–6 (2) Eryk Anders NC (illegal knee) UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad 13 March 2021 1 4:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Anders landed an illegal knee to Stewart's head, who was a downed opponent.
Loss 12–6 (1) Kevin Holland Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley 19 September 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–5 (1) Maki Pitolo Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik 8 August 2020 1 3:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–5 (1) Bartosz Fabiński Decision (unanimous) Cage Warriors 113 20 March 2020 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 11–4 (1) Deron Winn Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman 18 October 2019 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Catchweight (188.5 lb) bout; Winn missed weight.
Win 10–4 (1) Bevon Lewis Decision (unanimous) UFC 238 8 June 2019 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 9–4 (1) Edmen Shahbazyan Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale 30 November 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 (1) Charles Byrd TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 228 8 September 2018 2 2:17 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 8–3 (1) Eric Spicely TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till 27 May 2018 2 1:47 Liverpool, England Performance of the Night.
Loss 7–3 (1) Julian Marquez Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos 16 December 2017 2 2:42 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Fight of the Night.
Loss 7–2 (1) Karl Roberson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis 11 November 2017 1 3:41 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 7–1 (1) Francimar Barroso Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson 18 March 2017 3 5:00 London, England
NC 7–0 (1) Francimar Barroso NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 19 November 2016 1 1:34 São Paulo, Brazil Originally a TKO (punches) win for Stewart; overturned by CABMMA due to an inadvertent headbutt.
Win 7–0 Boubacar Balde TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 77 8 July 2016 3 1:28 London, England
Win 6–0 James Hurrell TKO (punches) Cage Warriors 75 15 April 2016 1 0:37 London, England
Win 5–0 Grégory Pierre Decision (unanimous) Killacam Fight Night 9 12 December 2015 3 5:00 Kent, England Defended the Killacam Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Carl Kinslow KO (knee) Killacam Fight Night 8 4 July 2015 1 4:56 Kent, England Won the Killacam Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Lloyd Clarkson Decision (unanimous) Warrior Fight Series 3 23 May 2015 3 5:00 London, England
Win 2–0 Pelu Adetola TKO (knees) Cage Warriors 74 15 November 2014 1 2:24 London, England
Win 1–0 Michael Revenscroft TKO (elbows) Cage Warriors 69 7 June 2014 1 1:23 London, England


See alsoEdit


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