Over the course of his first four fights as a pro, middleweight Alan Stewart has managed to four finishes, with only one bout going past the first round.
Thanks to his strong start, Stewart is pleased with his progression early in his career.
“I went from basically a grappler, a ground game guy, but in my third fight I ended up standing the whole time and knocked the guy out,” Stewart told MMAWeekly.com. “Each fight I’ve progressed and I’m looking to continue progressing.”
One of the big reasons Stewart feels he’s been able to perform so well is an extensive amateur career, highlighted by a strong work ethic he continues to this day.
“We just worked on techniques to get better, our game plan, listening to the coaches in the corner, and getting a feel of the nerves and used to it all,” said Stewart. “Overall I’m still the same person, but I’ve just got better technique from when I was an amateur to now.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied, so I’m always going to try to improve. I believe I can hang with guys in the UFC right now if I got the call, but I want to make sure that when I do get the call, I’ll be ready.”
Stewart (4-0) will seek to keep his winning streak going when he takes on Jay Gray (0-1) in a featured middleweight bout at Valor Fights 33 on Saturday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Jay is 0-1 as a pro, but he took his first pro fight on two weeks’ notice and lost by split-decision, so he pushed (his opponent) to the limit on short notice,” Stewart ….View full article