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London’s Darren Stewart earns first UFC win at ‘UFC Fight Night 130’ in Liverpool

Darren “The Dentist” Stewart, 27, ended his losing streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 27, 2018. Fighting out of London, Greater London, England, he won inside the UFC cage for the first time after conquering his American opponent at “UFC Fight Night 130” at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Stewart faced Eric “Zebrinha” Spicely, 31, of Olneyville, Rhode Island, United States at “UFC Fight Night 130” in the middleweight division, currently dominated by reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Robert “The Reaper” Whitaker, 27, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The bout was the first match on the main card.

Referee Leon Roberts put a stop to the middleweight bout between Stewart and Spicely at 1:47 of Round 2. The English contender knocked out his American opponent via punches.

It was a sweet victory for Stewart who was coming out of three consecutive losses. He made his UFC debut on November 19, 2016 at “UFC Fight Night 100” where his bout against Francimar “Bodao” Barroso, 38, of Xapuri, Acre, Brazil was overturned by the Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) due to accidental clash of heads and declared it a No Contest.

When Stewart returned to the UFC cage on March 18, 2017 at “UFC Fight Night 107,” he had his rematch with Barroso. Stewart lost to Barroso via unanimous decision, marking the first loss of the English fighter in his professional MMA career.

On November 11, 2017, Stewart was submitted by Karl “Baby K” Roberson, 27, of Neptune, New Jersey via rear-naked choke at “UFC Fight Night 120.” On December 16, 2017, Julian “The Cuban Missile Crisis” Marquez, 28, of Kansas City, Missouri submitted Stewart via guillotine choke at “UFC on Fox 26.”

After beating Spicely at “UFC Fight Night 130,” Stewart improved his professional MMA record to 8 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Spicely’s record downgraded to 10 wins and 4 losses.

“UFC Fight Night 130” was headlined by Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, 35, of Simpsonville, South Carolina and Darren “The Gorilla” Till, 25, of Liverpool. After five five-minute rounds, Till won the catchweight bout against Thompson via unanimous decision.

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