Darren Stewart
The Dentist

England

Slowly overwhelmed by Eryk Anders
MiddleweightUFC
June 12, 2021
Stewart lost to Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
Stewart got another shot at Anders after an illegal knee from the latter caused the first fight between the two in March to be ruled a no-contest. He was unable to take advantage. This fight was somehow there for the taking heading into Round 3 after neither man did anything over the course of the first ten minutes, but Stewart was unable to separate and land consistently and eventually found himself eating countless unanswered shots to the side of the head from Anders. He managed to see the final bell, but had no chance of winning. Stewart's career record with the UFC is below .500 (5-7, 2NC), but he fights often, and that has value to a company which holds an event most every weekend.
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Facing Anders in June
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Stewart will fight Eryk Anders in a middleweight bout at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Stewart appeared to be headed for the loss in March when the pair first faced off, but an illegal knee from Anders at 4:37 of Round 1 resulted in a no contest. Stewart's last result came in September when he lost to Kevin Holland via split decision.
Fight ruled a no contest
MiddleweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Stewart and Eryk Anders fought to a no contest (illegal knee) at 4:37 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Stewart obviously didn't fly all the way to Vegas hoping for a no contest, but it should have been a loss if it wasn't for the foolishness of Anders. The Brit got clipped with one big shot and appeared to be on the verge of being finished before Anders landed an illegal knee. The cageside doctor came in and correctly waived it off. Unlike last week's Petr Yan v. Aljamain Sterling fiasco, referee Herb Dean ruled this accidental and thus the no contest. Don't be surprised if the UFC tries to run this one back.
Pegged for March 13 clash
MiddleweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Stewart will take on Eryk Anders on the March 13 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Stewart fell in a close one to Kevin Holland in his last bout back in September, but he will get a shot to return to the win column in a couple months against another fighter looking for the same in Anders. Stewart is slightly more proficient in his takedown attempts but has also proven to be more vulnerable to them thus far. That could be a key factor for him given that Stewart's reach and height both trail his opponent by an inch.
Drops close one in Vegas
MiddleweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Stewart lost to Kevin Holland via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Both men came out firing in this one. Unfortunately for Stewart, it was Holland who got the considerably better of the action over the course of the first ten minutes. Stewart made a significant push in Round 3 to close the gap, but the damage was already done. Overall, Stewart hung tough in a fight in which the Vegas oddsmakers gave him very little chance of winning as a significant +290 underdog. Stewart fights frequently and will put forth an impressive performance every now and again, but he's mostly just valuable roster depth. "The Dentist" falls to 5-6 (1NC) over his first dozen UFC bouts.
Quick turnaround against Holland
MiddleweightUFC
August 23, 2020
Stewart will face Kevin Holland in a middleweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Sept. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Stewart got back into the win column Aug. 9, when he defeated Maki Pitolo via submission (guillotine choke). He's now won three of his past four fights, but Holland has put together a small win streak of his own. He defeated Joaquin Buckley via TKO (punch) at UFC on ESPN+ 32. Both fighters will have relatively quick turnarounds, but Holland has advantages in height and reach.