From The Gridiron To The Cage: Valor Fights 38’s Cromwell Stewart


Former University of Tennessee Martin cornerback Cromwell Stewart caught up with Pro MMA Now before he throws down with Sawyer Rich at Valor Fights 38 on November 5 in Nashville, Tenn., LIVE on FloCombat.

How did you find MMA to begin with?

I wrestled in high school, but after high school I focused on football. I played in college, overseas and played a little arena ball. When I came back, I needed something to do, and a friend of mine told me to go look up a local gym. I was going in just to stay in shape — to get back in wrestling shape — but I fell in love with it.

Do you prefer MMA over football?

I would say I do in certain aspects, and in certain aspects I don’t. I love the team aspect of football, but I also love the individuality of MMA. I like both. I like them both (laughs).

Would you like to establish a home for yourself at Valor Fights?

Oh yeah, man. Valor Fights treats me really well and I really like fighting for them. Whenever they call, I’m all for it. I’m a big Valor Fights fan, and I’m looking forward to growing with them a lot more.

What are your expectations for this fight?

My opponent is a tough kid. He’s a grinder. He’s a really scrappy kid. It should be a tough kid, but I’m going to come out on top.

How do you see this fight playing out?

I’m well-prepared on the ground and standing up. He’s a kickboxer. I’m prepared to win the fight, however it comes to me. I’m not going to force anything. I’m going to take anything he gives me and take it that way.