Kyle Stewart discusses his upcoming fight with Erik Koch this Saturday at UFC 240. The event takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar.
“Gunz Up” talks about his UFC debut fight that he took on just five days notices and why he felt he didn’t perform up to the standards he set forth for himself at UFC on ESPN+ 1, what he learned from his first fight week in the UFC, fighting Erik Koch — a guy who was in the UFC before he had his first amateur fight, how his team at The MMA Lab has been firing him up with their most recent performances, heading to Canada for the first time and much more.
One thing you can say about Kyle Stewart heading into this fight is that he’s extremely focused and fired up. While losing your UFC debut can be difficult, Stewart has channeled that into motivation. He also draws motivation and inspiration from one half of the UFC 240 main event who started his Octagon tenure out in a similar fashion.
“I definitely take a lot of inspiration from Max Holloway who lost his first fight in the UFC fight and went on to become one of the greats,” Stewart told MyMMANews. “But I won’t know whether or not my UFC debut will benefit me down the road until we get down the road. I can tell you this, I went back to the gym f****n fired up and pissed off for a long time — training, working on my wrestling, working on my takedown defense, focusing, dialed in on the things that I need to f*****g do. Then I got the call to back in and fight Erik Koch and I’ve just been dialed in since. I want it, man and I want it bad. Im focused on it. Most of my interviews, I’m really talkative, I’m really happy, I’m really excited. When I got the call to the UFC, I was really excited so I’m sorry if I’m not giving you a lot of good content here.
“Right now, I’m making the transition into being the mean guy. The focus. That cold, hollow, I have a f*****g job to do, that’s where I’m at right now. My family wants to hang out right now and I’m like, ‘No, sorry. I’m focused.’ I’ve worked too long to not go f****n win. I’m gonna go win on Saturday and I don’t give a f**k how it happens. I’m gonna go f****n win!”
Check out the full interview with the fired up and focused Kyle Stewart in the video above.