Darren Stewart’s quick loss at UFC Vegas 35 doubled as his last appearance inside the Octagon (at least for now).
The 30-year-old Englishman is no longer under contract after a first-round TKO defeat to Dustin Jacoby at last Saturday’s event. MMA Fighting reported the news on Tuesday after receiving confirmation from UFC officials.
Stewart (12-8, 2 NCs) is 0-3-1 over his last four fights, which is coincidentally the same record he had in his first four UFC appearances. He holds notable wins over Deron Winn and Maki Pitolo, but had a hard time finding any consistent success. After consecutive wins over Winn and Bevon Lewis, Stewart took a fight in Cage Warriors FC and lost to Bartosz Fabinski. Upon his return to the UFC cage, he dropped a split decision to Kevin Holland, had a no contest and then a decision loss to Eryk Anders, followed by the aforementioned Jacoby loss.
‘The Dentist’ has competed at both middleweight and light heavyweight over the years — his last two fights were at 205 lbs — but Stewart indicated on social media that he intends to return to middleweight when he does fight again. He leaves the UFC with a record of 5-7 and a pair of no contests.