Middleweight Fighter Darren Stewart Made to Part Ways With UFC

Published 09/01/2021, 2:13 PM EDT


Darren Stewart AKA ‘The Dentist’, UFC veteran with 15 octagon appearances, is no longer on the promotion’s roster. Stewart fought the majority of his fights in England and had seven consecutive wins, five of which were by knockout, before signing with the UFC. In England, he was the former Killacam light heavyweight champion. The 30-year-old Englishman’s contract has been terminated following a first-round TKO loss to Dustin Jacoby this past weekend at UFC Vegas 35.

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A string of poor performances leads to the exit of the Englishman.

Stewart is made to step down from the UFC after going winless in his last four fights, losing to Kevin Holland, Eryk Anders, and Dustin Jacoby. Stewart also lost the rematch against Eryk Anders via no-contest this past March due to an illegal knee. His last win was a submission finish against Maki Pitolo in August of 2020.

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Stewart has struggled to put on impressive performances inside the Octagon recently. The Englishman will need to put in a lot more effort if he wants to return to the UFC, which looks doubtful at this moment. His social media shows him practicing constantly, but it doesn’t appear to be paying off in the octagon.

After winning back-to-back bouts under the Cage Warriors in Europe, “The Dentist” joined the UFC in 2016. He began his UFC journey with a 0-3 (1NC) record in his first four fights but shortly rebounded with two TKO victories. In total, he went 5-8 in the promotion, with two no-contests. With the return of Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC is doing some clearing, roster-wise. Roster spots are limited due to the inflow of talent from the Contender series.

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Darren Stewart posted on social media on Tuesday he’s still planning on returning to 185 pounds in the future. He leaves the UFC with a record of 5-7 and two no contests. Stewart’s moniker “The Dentist” applies to his opponents, as “he (his opponent) is simply another patient who’s going to get drilled.” However, it appears that his ‘drillings’ have not been very successful recently.

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this newfound new aspect to help him get closer to the action. As he believes that there is something beautiful in the art of MMA, despite all the violence and chaos, Pranit, in his articles, hopes to capture the essence of the cognitive process behind the fighting, the fighters' mental discipline, and personality which stems from their roots and background.

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