FROM THE FREE THROW LINE TO THE V3 CAGE, STEWART READY TO SHOWCASE HIS SKILLS IN THE MAIN EVENT
It all started on the free throw line in a basketball gym during his freshman year at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, TN. Cromwell Stewart was at the line and decided to shoot the ball “granny style”. His coach didn’t take a liking to this and benched him. The wrestling coach at school was at the game and witnessed what had happened, and after the game went up to Stewart and said, “Son, you’re too short to make it to the NBA, but you could be a state champion wrestler by next year.” At that moment, a combative sports star was born. Stewart went on to place third in state his sophomore year, second in state his junior and senior year, had over 70 wins, and become a high school All-American wrestler.
Stewart passed up on several college wrestling scholarships, including some offers from division one schools, and accepted a scholarship to play football at University of Tennessee Martin. He then went on to play two years of professional football for the Graz Giants of the Austrian Football League.
When he was done with football and came back to the states, Stewart found himself getting into trouble on the streets and in October of 2010, a friend of his told him about Ed Clay’s NMMA. Stewart decided to check it out, told the coaches he wanted to give MMA a try and explained to them his wrestling background, and three weeks later he had his first fight. He has been training ever since.
On February 16, Stewart will be fighting V3Fights’ Featherweight Champion, Tripp “KANO” Carter in the main event. Stewart is currently 9-2 and feels that he has the skill set to defeat Carter and take his title: “My advantages in this fight are wrestling and BJJ and I think he and his camp are going to be shocked with my boxing skills because from what I hear, they think he has superior boxing. But it’s not the case in this match up. I see this fight going my way in every aspect of it, with me becoming the new V3 featherweight champion. I hear he’s tough. He’s V3’s champion for a reason. So on Feb 16, I’ll find out all I need to know about Tripp,” states Stewart.
Stewart knows that it’s going to take more than a “granny shot” to defeat Carter, but feels that he has the skill set and confidence to do it.
This event will be aired on both Comcast Sports South and Aggression TV.
WHAT: V3Fights: Stewart vs Carter
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2013
WHERE: Marathon Music Works
Nashville, TN 37203
ADMISSION: $45, $35 (reserved seating), $25 (general admission)
V3Fights was founded in Memphis, TN as an amateur fighting circuit in 2009. The company’s mission is to provide quality MMA events for fans across the Mid-South, while serving as a proving ground for future professional MMA fighters. For more information on V3Fights, visit www.v3fights.com.