Before undefeated amateur, and professional hair stylist, Steven Stevens returns to action against fellow unbeaten fighter Julius Bowling at Valor Fights 39 on December 2 in Knoxville, LIVE on FloCombat, he sat down with Pro MMA Now.
Do you know of any hair stylists who are also MMA fighters?
I met one person who trained a long time ago at a hair convention. I can’t remember if she said she had fought, but she said she wanted to. Other than her, nobody, no (laughs).
What do your clients usually say when they find out about your MMA fighting?
My clients are into it, man. A lot of them show up to my fights. When I show up with a black eye, they don’t like my excuse that I should’ve listened to my wife (laughs). They’re really cool with it. A lot of people don’t really know what it is, so I have to explain it a little bit. I explain that it’s a chess match for me. After I explain it, they’re really understanding and interested. It’s cool to see.
Why have you been so successful?
Dedication. I enjoy everything about it. I enjoy going out there and putting on a show for everybody. Beyond that, I have full faith in my coach. When I listen to him, I have full faith and confidence it’s going to work out. So far it has.
Is this your toughest challenge yet?
I’m going to give that a thumbs-up. He’s tall, plus he’s got some crisp punches and he’s good on the ground. I have nothing but respect for him, and I’m ready to bring it.
Where would you like to be one year from today?
That’s a good question. I don’t even know. I take it day by day, fight by fight. They televised my fight the other night, which I thought was pretty cool. If I can make it pro with Valor Fights one year from today, that would be really cool. I just enjoy what I do. Whatever happens, bring it on.