‘Just Fight Bro You Hit Me, I Hit You’- Darren Stewart Unhappy About ‘Too Many Rules’ in MMA

Published 03/12/2021, 10:40 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 07: Darren Stewart of England poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweight Darren Stewart spoke to the media ahead of his fight at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad. Darren ‘The Dentist’ will open the main card with a nail-biter against Eryk Anders, and he has an opportunity to make a statement.

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Chiefly fans are looking at the fight as a sure-fire contender for ‘Fight of the Night’. Both men have explosive fighting styles, and their resume is a testament to that fact.

Moreover, the middleweight division constantly provides high octane match-ups, making it a must-watch for fight fans. Israel Adesanya has set a high standard for the division, and the current crop of 185-pounders are all but expected to pick it up.

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Darren Stewart lays in on the rules of MMA

In light of the recent debacle at UFC 259’s bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling, the rules have been called into question. Darren Stewart wasn’t having any of it, and the Englishman had plenty to say.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: Darren Stewart of England reacts after his submission victory over Maki Pitolo in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“I like to scrap man, there’s too many rules in the MMA game. If someone can hold you against the cage and they’re not doing f-all, well you’re losing cause your backs against the cage or they can put you on the floor and they’re not doing nothing to you but your backs or the floor so you’re losing.”

‘I come to fight’- Darren ‘The Dentist’ goes off

Additionally, he commented on his own fighting style that he plans to showcase for fans on the big stage. Stewart likes to push the action, and he clearly isn’t a fan of a more reserved approach to the fight game.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: (L-R) Darren Stewart of England punches Maki Pitolo in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“There’s too many rules, man, just fight, bruv. You hit me, I hit you. We keep going at it, you know what I’m saying…go get your bonus, go get your money.

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“Don’t get me wrong, a fight is a fight, there’s going to be a time when you swing and you might back a bit, it’s part of the fight game. But in terms of hitting and running and just holding you there, yeah, it’s long.

“I come to fight, I don’t come to play MMA. I’m not here to play MMA.”

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Eryk Anders is a game opponent who most certainly knows what it means to bring the fight to his opponents. However, he’ll not be doing himself any favors if he’s defensively irresponsible while facing Stewart. ‘The Dentist’ is extremely heavy-handed and is dangerous once the fight moves into the latter rounds.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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