Throughout history and present day, we need to remember and to thank our active duty and veterans for putting their lives on the line so we may live a better life. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a Southwest solider looking to dispatch his opponent with military precision in the main event of LFA 33 on February 16. A professional since July 2015 and representing Arizona Combat Sports, 29-year-old Kyle Stewart owns a 8-0 record consisting of four knockouts, two submissions and two decisions.
In his MMA debut, Stewart submitted Raymond Pina via armbar in the first round. He defeated Billy Colon via TKO in round one. Stewart defeated Matt Bordonaro via unanimous decision at WFF 30 and next defeated Mike Jones. In the first round at WFF 33, Stewart knocked out Misael Inarritu and then he defeated UFC veteran Estevan Payan via unanimous decision. In his LFA debut at LFA 11, he submitted Ty Freeman in round one. At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 3 he defeated Jason Jackson via TKO in the second round. In the main event of LFA 33 on February 16, Stewart will face fellow unbeaten Jaleel Willis in a battle of welterweight warriors. Good luck Kyle!
You are slated to face Jaleel Willis in the main event of LFA 33 on February 16. With this being a battle of two undefeated fighters, how do you feel you match up against him?
I feel like I’m better everywhere then him honestly. He only has 3 wins against guys with winning records. He is a strong wrestler, but I train with a lot of wrestlers who are better technically and much bigger as well. On the feet I am much better than him. I feel like he will be shooting for desperate take downs after he realizes my striking is on another level.
Thank you for your service to our country. Do you feel it prepared you for the rigors of MMA?
Undoubtedly the experiences I had in combat have prepared me for MMA in a huge way! It’s a lot easier to walk into a cage when you know the type of things you have been through in the past.
In your last fight, you defeated Jason Jackson at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 3, what did you learn from that fight and how will it carry over on February 16?
My fight with Jason Jackson helped me really to realize that I can fight with anybody. It was a huge confidence boost to know that I can beat guys on that level.
How did you receive your ‘’Gunz Up’’ nickname?
My “Gunz up” nickname came from my time in the marine corps. I was a machine gunner. Gunz up is a term used to describe a person operating a weapon system when they are ready for battle.
What do you like to do when you’re not training?
Most of my time if I’m not training you will find me watching fight film or hanging out with my brother.
What is your favorite film of all time?
My favorite movies are Tears of the Sun, Black Hawk Down, and Man on Fire.